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Title: Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter & Monthly Report, February 2015 (English, Karen, Burmese)
Date of publication: February 2015
Description/subject: Map of Karen Refugee Camps...Newsletter and Activities report...Monthly Activities Report ...NGO Supporters...Camp Population Report: Registered people in the 7 camps (Mae La; Umphiem; Nu Po; Mae La Oon; Mae Ra Moe; Htam Hin; Don Yang); Unregistered people in the 7 camps; New Arrivals in the 7 camps; Pre-Screening People in the 7 camps; Number of PAB People in the 7 camps; Boarding House Students in the 7 camps; Feeding Figures in the 7 camps; General Population in the 7 camps.
Language: English, Karen, Burmese
Source/publisher: Karen Refugee Committee (KRC)
Format/size: pdf (656K)
Date of entry/update: 26 March 2015
ML > Refugees > Burmese refugees in Thailand -- reports of the refugee committees > Karen Refugee Committee Monthly Reports > Karen Refugee Committee Newsletter & Monthly Reports 2015


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Tuesday 24 March, 2015
Date of publication: 24 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Govt schedules meeting for salary increment: "Nay Pyi Taw, 23 March — Union government will meet on Wednesday to discuss proposed salaries for civil service staff before submitting it to the parliament, according to the letter of President Office to the Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann officially urged the Union government to submit the proposed salaries by March 3 to be able to pass the 2015 Union Budget Bill. The salary increment process will include discussion with Ministry of Finance and relevant departments, putting the amount of proposed budgets into figures of ministries, relevant boards and funds of state/ region governments..."...PYITHU HLUTTAW: Oil price falls impacts on revenue from natural gas export: " Nay Pyi Taw, 23 March — Dramatic fall of oil price in global market has affected export of Myanmar natural gas, said Deputy Minister for Energy U Myint Zaw to Pyithu Hluttaw on Monday. Regarding the query of U Thein Lwin, an MP of Chauk constituency, the deputy minister said although revenue from the sales of natural gas has declined, the ministry will manage to meet the income from this sector as in previous years. U Myint Zaw also promised the ministry will operate more joint-venture businesses with foreign companies to avoid monopolies of international firms in the domestic market, while the respective agencies are examining fuel qualities and market price..."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Plan to extend emerald green project in 178 more townships: "Nay Pyi Taw, 23 March — At the 32nd day session of Amyotha Hluttaw Monday, U Sai Paung Nap of Shan State Constituency No 12 asked about master plan for multi-sectoral economic development of rural and less-development areas in Myanmar. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Khin Maung Aye replied that emerald green project being implemented in 1,150 villages creates job opportunities and increases income of rural families with K34.5 billion allotted by the government. Thanks to the remarkable progress, the project will be extended in 178 more townships. The rural development strategy has covered rural development programmes for establishment of commercial crops farms, forest plantations, agricultural farm, fish hatching station, livestock breeding farm and nurseries and other development tasks including value-added production, milling, packaging, microfinance and mobile banking systems..."..... OHTER DOMESTIC NEWS: Vice President U Nyan Tun inspects Settlement and Land Records Department training school, plantations...Myanmar to undertake first nationwide kidney health study...Navy to conduct military exercise...Lack of pay hinders recruitment of electoral workers...More than 370 youths under training of Buddhist culture...Mango growers expect good prices in Mandalay...Dredging drains for proper flow of water in urban area...Meiktila General Hospital to admit more patients at new buildings...Vocational courses help local women find employment...Kachin State to get parliament building next year...Election subcommissions to release voter lists on 15 June...World TB Day talks outline role of designated free clinics... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Modern Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91...Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets British WWII veterans’ association president...ASEAN Single Window Agreement signed...Myanmar seeks assistance from Japanese government for safety waterway transport...Myanmar U-20 team to play tune-up matches in Serbia... "PERSPECTIVES": "It is difficult to change mindset overnight" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "Human population on this Earth is infected with TB! Innovations are indicated to Mycobacterium infection" by Dr. Aung Soe @ Aung Kyaw Moe Retired State Medical Superintendent
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.2MB)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: Myanmar’s Fight With Rebels Creates Refugees and Ill Will With China
Date of publication: 21 March 2015
Description/subject: "When rumors spread around the sugar-cane farms in northern Myanmar that the army was advancing, Li Jiapeng and his family packed some clothes, grabbed some cash and joined a long line of people fleeing in cars and on foot. Everyone was heading for safety on the other side of the border in China, just six miles away. The next day, he could hear the sounds of battle. “We came to the Chinese side early in the morning, and we began to hear gunshots that afternoon from Laogai, our hometown,” Mr. Li, 23, a university student whose family grows walnuts, tea and sugar cane, said by phone from Yunnan Province in southern China. In the last six weeks, the Myanmar Army has been fighting rebels of the Kokang, a Chinese ethnic group that has lived in the mountains of northern Myanmar for more than 400 years, and keeps strong linguistic, education and trading ties to China. Myanmar has been afflicted with fighting between its various ethnic groups and the army for decades, but the current battle, fueled by rebels armed with weapons bought with the proceeds of a flourishing drug trade, is potentially more serious because it touches on the country’s sensitive relationship with China..."
Author/creator: Jane Perlez
Language: English
Source/publisher: "New York Times"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Foreign Relations > China-Burma relations
Internal armed conflict > Internal armed conflict in Burma > Ceasefire and ex-ceasefire Groups > Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army-MNDAA (Kokang)


Title: Who's Counting? Ethnicity, Belonging, and the National Census in Burma/Myanmar
Date of publication: 28 January 2015
Description/subject: Abstract: "Partially rooted in British colonial ethnology and administration, the ethnic categories of the 2014 Myanmar census have attracted controversy, particularly from representatives of non-Burman political organizations. The categories themselves, as well as the bureaucratic exercise of the census, have a complex genealogy which offers considerable insight into understanding the contemporary situation. Drawing from Hirschman’s theory that the study of measurements of ethnicity is a unique resource for understanding the meaning of ethnicity in a society, this article discusses the controversy surrounding the 2014 census, and how some census-related issues have been crucially framed by bureaucratic structures that came before...." Keywords: Myanmar - Burma - census - ethnicity - colonialism - bureaucracy
Author/creator: Jane M. Ferguson
Language: English
Source/publisher: Department of Anthropology, University of Sydney
Format/size: pdf (348K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > 2014 Census


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Tuesday 24 March, 2015
Date of publication: 24 March 2015
Language: English
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.2MB reduced version; 10MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/24.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Monday 23 March, 2015
Date of publication: 24 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6MB reduced version; 9.4MB orginal)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/24.Mar_.15_KM.pdf
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 18 March, 2015: Budget committee explains restraints of allocation
Date of publication: 19 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — Chairman U Soe Thar of the Joint Committee on Scrutinizing National Plans, the Union Budget and Taxation Bills on Wednesday outlined to the national assembly the workings of the committee as it assessed projects funded by state revenue, loans or grants. He said the committee categorized the projects, determining how long they would take until completion and the likelihood of meeting budget requirements. The committee scrutinized the projects by forming 19 teams and four central sub-committees not to waste allocated budget. MPs of Pyidaungsu Hluutaw then discussed adjustment of the Union budget. U Tin Maung Oo, representative from Shwerpyithar Township constituency, said government ministries need to use budgets properly and systematically without waste. He also said MPs are suggesting budget reductions in some sectors to prevent waste and to ensure a ‘clean government and good governance’ in the country. U Khin Maung Nyo, representative from Loikaw Township constituency, said budget reductions proposed by MPs are likely to cause difficulties for ministries concerned, noting that their suggestions are intended to balance the income and expenditures of the state. Daw Sandar Min, an MP of Zabuthiri Township constituency, said failing projects should be stopped to save state budgets. U Zaw Myint Phe, representative from Mandalay region constituency 5, said Hluttaws are laterally supporting government organizations and ministries to make steady progress in the state’s economy and to maintain stability. Later, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw also discussed a controversial bill on the development of small and medium scale enterprises."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (69K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 20 March, 2015: Sharing power, resources, taxes critical to states, regions, self-administered areas
Date of publication: 21 March 2015
Description/subject: "MP: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 March — Defence Services representative Brig-Gen Tint Hsan tabled a motion Friday in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw calling for the parliament and the central government to revise laws on the sharing of legislative power, resources and taxes with regions and states. He stressed decentralization in those three areas, saying that regions and states have been unable to make use of their rights provided in the constitution and strive for their own development over the past four years. Power sharing, resource sharing and tax sharing will enable regions, states and self-administered areas to rely on themselves and benefit their people, he said. The speaker welcomed the motion, saying it would pave the way for national reconciliation and peace if the parliament and central government acted on it, urging parliamentarians to take the motion into consideration in studying and amending the constitution. The central government is engaged in discussions with regions, states and self-administered areas with respect to the sharing of power, resources and taxes, according to U Kyaw Kyaw Win, Deputy Minister at the President’s Office. He said steps will be taken to amend existing laws and write new laws as necessary. U Saw Hla Tun from the ChaungOo constituency urged the parliament and the central government to send an account of new salaries no later than 23 March so as to endorse the budgets bill of 2015. Dr Lin Aung, Deputy Minister for Finance, responded that the growth of the country’s economy is still sluggish and that there will be side effects triggered by increased salaries. According to him, the government uses over K237 billion a month as salaries for all of its staff and pensioners. New salary rates were calculated by the central government based on its budget allotments on hand, with the deputy minister saying timing is of the essence given the sensitivity of financial issues."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (86K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 18 March, 2015: Improved transport for tourism on agenda in Upper House
Date of publication: 19 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw convened its 29th day meeting of the 12th regular session on Wednesday, with discussion of road construction in Mandalay region and promotion of tourism through improved transportation in Chin State. Replying to a query from Upper House MP U Soe Aung about the plan to build a new road outside Meikhtila Township to link Myingyan and Mandalay, Union Minister U Kyaw Lwin said the Ministry of Construction will conduct a feasibility study with Mandalay region government to upgrade the 4-mile-long earth road. U Paw Lyan Lwin, an MP of Chin State constituency 9 also asked for development of Bungtla Waterfall, the longest waterfall in Chin State near Matupi Township, into a tourist attraction. Deputy Minister at the President’s Office U Aung Thein said the Chin State government is developing its road networks, with understanding that reliable transportation is important for the tourism industry and the respective areas. The Amyotha Hluttaw then approved a bill on amending the Highways Act passed by the Pyithu Hluttaw with some amendments."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (67K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 19 March 2015: Suspension bridge construction resumes in Kayin State
Date of publication: 20 March 2015
Description/subject: "Amyotha Hluttaw: Nay Pyi Taw, 19 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday was urged to build a suspension bridge in the township of Thantaungyi, Kayin State, with Deputy Minister U Kyaw Kyaw Win responding that soil tests are under way ahead of its construction. The suspension bridge will have two lanes, he said. An MP proposed compensation for farmlands destroyed by seawater in some parts of Rakhine State, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation saying farmland management committees will examine the damage in the affected areas and report to the central government for recompense, pledging technical assistance. The parliament has agreed to discuss two proposals concerning its election amendment bill and a bill calling for the central government to form a commission to investigate the recent shipwreck in Myepon, a township in Rakhine State, and compensate the victims for their losses."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (64K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 20 March, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw agrees to discuss education amendment bill
Date of publication: 21 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 20 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw on Friday agreed to discuss the national education amendment bill as proposed by Union Minister for Education Dr Daw Khin San Yi. The bill committee said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw passed the National Education Law on 30 September 2014, prompting the student-led Democratic Education Movement Leading Committee to seek its amendment. Following four-party talks, the bill was brought before the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 17 February, which handed over the case to the Amyotha Hluttaw on 20 February. The amendment of the education law was discussed in the upper house from 5 to 17 March. According to the bill committee, hearings drew nine representatives from the Democratic Education Movement Leading Committee, 20 from the National Network for Education Reform, 34 from political parties, eight from civil society organizations and 15 from educators and legal experts. The bill committee called for the Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss the education amendment bill as proposed by the education union minister by embracing it as a national concern and helping raise the education standard of the country."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (66K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 18 March, 2015: Information Ministry withdraws proposed Public Service Media bill
Date of publication: 19 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — The Pyithu Hluttaw in its session Wednesday discussed illegal imports of satellite dishes and receivers for foreign TV channels, motorway toll charges and the withdrawal of the proposed Public Service Media bill by the Ministry of Information. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told the Lower House that the ministry and its organs are taking action against illegal imports of satellite TV receivers in accordance with the 2012 Import- Export Law. The penalty for breaching the law on the prohibition of illegal items is up to three years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both, he said. He added that authorities will take action in response to complaints from TV service providers. Responding to the query of Lower House MP U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut also said relevant ministries need to cooperate to control illegal import of foreign satellite receivers, as some of the channels show explicit programmes and gambling. The information minister said spill-over is technically unavoidable as TV programmes are broadcast through satellites, although imports of satellite dishes that can receive programmes from Skynet and MRTV have been banned. He also suggested the bill committee of the Pyithu Hluttaw should consider puting this issue into the discussion of a bill on television and broadcast law. On the issue of motorway tolls, Deputy Minister at the President’s Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win said the toll rates will not be changed for cars coming into Yangon Region. Concerning tender invitations for government projects, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint said projects worth under K 5 million do not require a tender invitation, but instead should be referred to the departmental tender scrutiny board. From K 5 million to K 50 million, tenders are sought through notice boards of relevant government departments, while for projects worth K 50 million and over, tender invitations are advertised in state-owned newspapers one month in advance. The Pyithu Hluttaw also agreed on the withdrawal of the Public Service Media bill that was submitted by the Ministry of Information on the 26th day of the 9th regular Pyithu Hluttaw session. Regarding the withdrawal, the information minister said the ministry tried to transform state-run media to public service media, with a study tour of representatives from the Ministry of Information, the Amyotha Hluttaw, and the Pyithu Hluttaw to four European countries in June 2012 and the holding of a conference on international public service media in Yangon in September 2012. It also provided an explanation bout PSM to committee members of the Amyotha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw. U Ye Htut also said the ministry drafted the PSM bill with the assistance of UNESCO before it was submitted to Hluttaw. The information minister said the ministry invited public opinion, publicizing the bill on state-run media, adding that the withdrawal is now aimed at reviewing and improving the bill."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (73K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 19 March, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw urged to create global market for local rubber
Date of publication: 20 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 March — U Saw Ba Thein of the Thaton constituency asked the Pyithu Hluttaw on Thursday about the prospect of creating a global market for local rubber and the disbursement of loans. Turning rubber into finished products is the first priority for the country to enter the international market, responded U Ohn Than, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, adding that his ministry is working in tandem with companies from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore in a bid to build more factories to manufacture finished products as well as enabling growers to earn more. Myanma Agricultural Development Bank has not made any plan to disburse loans to rubber growers, according to the deputy minister. U Ye Htun of the Sibaw constituency asked the lower house the number of total miles of roads across the country, their total cost and the possibility of contracting private companies. Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint responded that his ministry has constructed over 24,900 miles of roads nationwide and that their annual maintenance requires over K390 billion. So far 27 private companies owned by Myanmar nationals have been permitted to construct 3,490 miles of roads under the BOT (build, operate and transfer) system, with new private companies invited, the deputy minister said. MPs also discussed the marriage bill on Myanmar Buddhist women and the population control healthcare bill."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (65K)
Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Sunday 22 March, 2015
Date of publication: 22 March 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: Dr Sai Mauk Kham and wife attend ceremony to assign duties to medical doctors in Lashio...Vice President U Nyan Tun on inspection tour of Thilawa special economic zone (A)...National ceasefire negotiators move closer to deal despite unresolved points...Deadline approaches for advance income tax payment...Meiktila rises from ashes...Library built with Union Parliament fund...Talks to commemorate World TB Day on 29 March...Peace Funfair in Mandalay...Government dignitaries, schoolchildren study Solar Impulse 2 in Mandalay...Real estate seminars aim to hone agents’ skills...Myanmar observes International Day of Forests in capital city...Tatmadaw seizes Kokang insurgent stronghold...People stage protests against crackdown on NEL amendment protesters...Cycling contests in Mandalay...Summer sports training courses open in Mandalay..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: PSCs signed for four oil fields off Rakhine State...Myanmar sport athletes leave for China for training in the run-up to SEA Games... "PERSPECTIVES": "Clean water essential for sustainable development" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLES: "The Himalayan waters: complex challenges and regional solutions" by Santosh Nepal and Arun Bhakta Shrestha, ICIMOD..."Man, Mind and Morale" by Kyi Mun
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Monday 23 March, 2015
Date of publication: 23 March 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham visits Lashio People’s Hospital...Nationwide ceasefire talks in recess until 30 March following conclusion of Day 6...Commerce Ministry to lease garages out to tenants...Rural dispensary ready to provide healthcare to local residents...Librarians discuss challenges in serving readers...Myo Gon Yaung Cineplex gives better services to movie-goers...Senior General Min Aung Hlaing comforts injured military personnel in PyinOoLw...MNA to accept first airplane from Boeing Company in June...Rural people receive new library building...Development tasks narrow gap between urban and rural areas...Dawei Museum accepts cultural heritages...Newly-opened asphalt road improves living standard of people...Essay and painting contests mark International Day of Forests...New rural road gives transport service in Natogyi Tsp..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein sends messages of felicitations to Pakistan...Solar Impulse-2 prepares to leave Mandalay on 27 March...Myanmar, India to found IT institute...Appointment of Ambassador agreed on...MNA to accept first airplane from Boeing Company in June...Liverpool F.C goes into partnership with Myanmar energy drink firm...Second football friendly ends at 1-1 draw...Student youths ready to take part in U-15 Cup..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Before saying something" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "Safety in Travelling" by San Shwe Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (3.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Sunday 22 March, 2015
Date of publication: 22 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.8MB reduced version; 10MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/22.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Monday 23 March, 2015
Date of publication: 23 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (8MB reduced version; 12MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/23.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Sunday 22 March, 2015
Date of publication: 22 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Monday 23 March, 2015
Date of publication: 23 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Women find a controversial niche on Yangon bus system
Date of publication: 18 March 2015
Description/subject: "A bus owner who launched a revolutionary new concept to make customers happier and increase profits – hire only women as conductors – is contemplating breaking another barrier: training women to drive the buses as well..."
Author/creator: Aye Nyein Win
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Myanmar Times" (English)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
ML > Women > Articles, reports and sites relating to women of Burma


Title: Early days for debt market as budget looks for finance
Date of publication: 23 March 2015
Description/subject: "The growing budget deficit will require more domestic loans to the government over the next few years, increasing strain on local debt markets, according to experts. While authorities are attempting to boost tax collection efforts in a bid to cut the deficit, which may grow to over 5 percent of GDP this year, it is likely that debt financing will continue to be required to meet budget needs. The Central Bank of Myanamr restarted auctions of government bonds this year for the first time in the civilian government era, though had previously conducted debt sales. Finance Minister U Win Shein said the ministry routinely rounds out the government budget with use of loans from domestic sources. The government owed domestic loans worth K10.8 trillion (US$10.4 billion) as of September last year, an increase on K9.94 billion in 2011-12. Foreign debt is currently worth about $9.4 billion, according to statistics from the Ministry of Finance..."
Author/creator: Aye Thidar Kyaw
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Myanmar Times" (English)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
ML > Economy > Foreign Debt


Title: Responsible Business Center expands scope
Date of publication: 20 March 2015
Description/subject: "Myanmar Center for Responsible Business will broaden its scope to begin systematically seeking public feedback about specific grievances regarding companies’ operations, as it launches the research phase for its 2015 transparency in Myanmar Enterprises report. “We want to get more feedback from the public to act as a reality check – for example, has the company been involved in specific land grab cases, or does it mistreat its workers or prevent them from joining a trade union,” said Vicky Bowman, director of the centre, at a press conference yesterday..."
Author/creator: Ko Ko Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Myanmar Times" (English)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
ML > Economy > Industrial Development


Title: ‘People can challenge the mechanisms of oppression’
Date of publication: 23 March 2015
Description/subject: "Democratic Voice of Burma, or DVB, began in 1992 when exiles in Norway began transmitting news and information back home by radio and shortwave into Myanmar. DVB is now based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, from which U Khin Maung Soe spoke to Myanmar Times senior reporter Nyan Lynn Aung about why media has been one of the most successful areas of reform – and why there is still so far to go..."
Author/creator: Nyan Lynn Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Myanmar Times" (English)
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
ML > Information services in Burma/Myanmar > Media - control of media in Burma


Title: List of ethnic groups in Burma
Description/subject: "Burma (Myanmar) is an ethnically diverse nation with 135 distinct ethnic groups officially recognized by the Burmese government. These are grouped into eight "major national ethnic races":..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Wikipedia
Format/size: html, pdf (70K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Ethnicity_Codes.pdf
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
ML > Non-Burman and non-Buddhist groups > Ethnic groups in Burma: general studies and articles


Title: Composition of the Different Ethnic Groups under the 8 Major National Ethnic Races in Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Embassy of the Union of Myanmar, Brussels
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 23 March 2015
ML > Non-Burman and non-Buddhist groups > Ethnic groups in Burma: general studies and articles


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Saturday 21 March, 2015
Date of publication: 21 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Sharing power, resources, taxes critical to states, regions, self-administered areas: MP: "Nay Pyi Taw, 20 March — Defence Services representative Brig-Gen Tint Hsan tabled a motion Friday in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw calling for the parliament and the central government to revise laws on the sharing of legislative power, resources and taxes with regions and states. He stressed decentralization in those three areas, saying that regions and states have been unable to make use of their rights provided in the constitution and strive for their own development over the past four years. Power sharing, resource sharing and tax sharing will enable regions, states and self-administered areas to rely on themselves and benefit their people, he said. The speaker welcomed the motion, saying it would pave the way for national reconciliation and peace if the parliament and central government acted on it, urging parliamentarians to take the motion into consideration in studying and amending the constitution. The central government is engaged in discussions with regions, states and self-administered areas with respect to the sharing of power, resources and taxes, according to U Kyaw Kyaw Win, Deputy Minister at the President’s Office. He said steps will be taken to amend existing laws and write new laws as necessary..."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Amyotha Hluttaw agrees to discuss education amendment bill: "Nay Pyi Taw, 20 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw on Friday agreed to discuss the national education amendment bill as proposed by Union Minister for Education Dr Daw Khin San Yi. The bill committee said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw passed the National Education Law on 30 September 2014, prompting the student-led Democratic Education Movement Leading Committee to seek its amendment. Following four-party talks, the bill was brought before the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 17 February, which handed over the case to the Amyotha Hluttaw on 20 February. The amendment of the education law was discussed in the upper house from 5 to 17 March. According to the bill committee, hearings drew nine representatives from the Democratic Education Movement Leading Committee, 20 from the National Network for Education Reform, 34 from political parties, eight from civil society organizations and 15 from educators and legal experts. The bill committee called for the Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss the education amendment bill as proposed by the education union minister by embracing it as a national concern and helping raise the education standard of the country."..... NOTIFICATION: THE REPUBLIC OF THE UNION OF MYANMAR: UNION ELECTION COMMISSION NAY PYI TAW: NOTIFICATION NO. (2 / 2015) MARCH 2015..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Ceasefire talks between govt, ethnic armed groups proceed smoothly on Day 4...Fisheries Department puts fish firms, cold storage factory out to open tender...Water management vital to improving economy, living standards: vice president...80% of Myanmar 5-year-olds have tooth decay: dental association...Lake restored for fire prevention...Officials issue NSC cards in Dawei District...Blood donation association marks 2nd anniversary...Authorities file suit against motorcyclists killed on expressway...Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham inspects college and university in Lashio...Education Promotion Task Force discusses temporary handing and taking over of universities and colleges...Mines Ministry urges private miners in Mogok to extend permits...Point-1965 Hill under Tatmadaw control...Festival exposes work of Myanmar photographers..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein encourages Solar Impulse-2 pilots...Myanmar golf team stands second in Bangladesh Golf Tourney..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Do not miss the right to vote in 2015 general election" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLES: "Clean Water for a Healthy World" by Dr. Aung Soe @ Aung Kyaw Moe Retired State Medical Superintendent..."Nanyang Technological University of Singapore: Vital aspect of Technology in Education" by Sayar Mya
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Saturday 21 March, 2015
Date of publication: 21 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (9MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Saturday 210 March, 2015
Date of publication: 21 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 21 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 16 March, 2015: Union ministers explain budgets at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Date of publication: 17 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — Union level officials explained the budgets for ministries at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Monday. Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun told the national assembly session that four departments of the ministry asked for less expenditure for fuel oil, maintenance of machinery and receptions than in previous years, but Myanma Timber Enterprise had to seek more funds to pay income taxes for the 2013- 14 fiscal year and cover increased salaries and pensions. According to the union minister, Myanma Timber Enterprise will have little left over after it has paid salaries, wages, commercial taxes and income taxes and, as a result, the ministry will face difficulty if the proposed budget is cut by 5 percent by the Joint Public Account Committee. Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung said at the session that about 25 percent and 66 percent of the proposed budget of the ministry will be spent on basic public and healthcare services, respectively, and only about 10 percent is allocated for human resources development, administrative and research purposes. Although only about 25 percent is allocated for basic public health, most local and foreign assistance will go to the basic public health sector, the union minister explained. Union Minister for Sports U Tint Hsan said the Hluttaw cut the proposed budget of K 288 million for a new stadium in Lewe to K 100 million and for a synthetic track to K 137.4 million. The union minister said he aimed to build a modern stadium for township level for youths. Union Minister for Industry U Maung Myint explained that the earnings of his ministry dropped because of trade losses, deficits, lack of quality and price-competitiveness, and the hiring of factories to private entrepreneurs. Concerning the ASEAN regional trade agreement, Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Dr Kan Zaw said that if faced with unexpected challenges, Myanmar can temporarily revise current customs commitments or suspend reduction of customs duties in accordance with international conventions and rules and regulations."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Friday 20 March, 2015
Date of publication: 20 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYITHU HLUTTAW: Pyithu Hluttaw urged to create global market for local rubber: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 March — U Saw Ba Thein of the Thaton constituency asked the Pyithu Hluttaw on Thursday about the prospect of creating a global market for local rubber and the disbursement of loans. Turning rubber into finished products is the first priority for the country to enter the international market, responded U Ohn Than, Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation, adding that his ministry is working in tandem with companies from Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore in a bid to build more factories to manufacture finished products as well as enabling growers to earn more. Myanma Agricultural Development Bank has not made any plan to disburse loans to rubber growers, according to the deputy minister. U Ye Htun of the Sibaw constituency asked the lower house the number of total miles of roads across the country, their total cost and the possibility of contracting private companies. Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint responded that his ministry has constructed over 24,900 miles of roads nationwide and that their annual maintenance requires over K390 billion. So far 27 private companies owned by Myanmar nationals have been permitted to construct 3,490 miles of roads under the BOT (build, operate and transfer) system, with new private companies invited, the deputy minister said. MPs also discussed the marriage bill on Myanmar Buddhist women and the population control healthcare bill."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Suspension bridge construction resumes in Kayin State: Amyotha Hluttaw: "Nay Pyi Taw, 19 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw on Thursday was urged to build a suspension bridge in the township of Thantaungyi, Kayin State, with Deputy Minister U Kyaw Kyaw Win responding that soil tests are under way ahead of its construction. The suspension bridge will have two lanes, he said. An MP proposed compensation for farmlands destroyed by seawater in some parts of Rakhine State, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation saying farmland management committees will examine the damage in the affected areas and report to the central government for recompense, pledging technical assistance. The parliament has agreed to discuss two proposals concerning its election amendment bill and a bill calling for the central government to form a commission to investigate the recent shipwreck in Myepon, a township in Rakhine State, and compensate the victims for their losses."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Agreement reached on most differences over NCA...UEC issues rules for election monitoring teams...Communications Ministry seeks to allay mobile phone health fears...Army captures strategic hill in Laukkai area...UEC issues codes of practice for election observers...Medical team gives free treatment, health talks to villagers...Thayet-Kanma-Pyay route boosts local commerce...Police seize stimulant tablets in Mandalay...Mya Ceti stone inscriptions, Popa Lady , 37 Nat spirits attract tourists...Women of MMCWA and MWAO combat human trafficking...Clean water key to closing rural development gap...Library multiplier training course opened..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein receives Vietnamese guests...Left or right? India, Myanmar, Thailand must pick side before highway can proceed...Solar Impulse-2 arrives in Mandalay...U Khin Aung Myint receives New Zealand Professor...Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives Israeli Ambassador...Myanmar, Japan sign funding agreement for port, water projects...Indian navy vessel makes call at Thilawa port...Mya Ceti stone inscriptions, Popa Lady , 37 Nat spirits attract tourists..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Time to leave old, bad habits" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLES: "Nanyang Technological University of Singapore: Vital aspect of Technology in Education" by Sayar Mya..."We are too nice to one another" by U Hla Maung
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Friday 20 March, 2015
Date of publication: 20 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Friday 20 March, 2015
Date of publication: 20 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 11 March, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves loan for MPF
Date of publication: 12 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — Loan from EXIM Bank of China for Myanmar Police Force was discussed at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint said that Myanmar Police Force is responsible for the rule of law, community tranquility, prevention of drug trafficking, and public services and it is now taking more comprehensive measures for life security, stability and the rule of law. As a result, it has recruited more police but it faces with 69.25 percent shortage of vehicles and the Yuan 246 million loan will enable the police to buy required vehicles and vessels. The deputy minister also told the session that the vehicles and vessel will be purchased through tender in a transparent manner. The session approved the loan from China’s Exim Bank for Myanmar Police Force. Then, representatives discussed the union revenue bill. At today’s session, two bills sent back with remarks by the president were approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the bill committee reported its finding on bills amending the mercantile customs act and the inland customs act."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Union budgets bill come under discussion at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Date of publication: 13 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Thursday discussed the Union budgets bill of 2015, with members of parliament expressing their viewpoints on accounting procedures. The Joint Public Accounts Committee suggested that annual budgets should not include foreign loans in accounts of budget deficits rather than revenues. According to the IMF’s debt assessment in September 2014, it needs to tax exemption and decrease of loan disbursement. In line with the Union budget law, salary of government service personnel has risen to 30 percent than the last year. An MP from a constituency in Mandalay Region stressed the need to balance macroeconomy in shaping the economy of the country and adopt a tax system suitable for the country. Another MP from the constituency of Dagon Myothit (North) mentioned a huge budget deficit, citing K8,639,128 million in income and K 12,078,689 million in expenditure. The MP urged the Myanmar Investment Commission to see to the matter, stressing that unsuccessful state-owned industries are thwarting the country’s economic growth."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (65K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 13 March, 2015: Joint Bill Committee suggests exclusion of microenterprises in SME bill
Date of publication: 14 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 13 March — The Joint Bill Committee at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Friday put forward its findings with respect to the bill of the development of small and medium enterprises on which two Houses held different opinions. The bill should exclude the section of microenterprises as it is mainly for SMEs, the joint bill committee said in its report of findings, suggesting the deletion of its definition of the term ‘worker’ in order not to contradict the existing staff regulations and rules. The union taxation bill of 2015 came under discussion, with union-level officials making clarifications on the bill. The Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, the Ministry of Electric Power, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Mines explained their tax collection systems across the country. The parliament will meet on 16 March."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings > Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 11 March, 2015: Government to reclaim about 39,000 acres of farmlands in 2015-16 FY
Date of publication: 12 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — U Myint Soe, MP of Pyawbwe Constituency, asked about plans of the Anti- Corruption Commission to enquire corruption and bribery cases at law offices and courts at Wednesday’s session of Pyithu Hluttaw. Chairman of the commission U Mya Win replied that corruption cases need firm evidences and information from investigation report to take action against the lawbreakers. It is not easy to enquire corruption cases at the law offices and courts under disguise of clients. Depending on the cases, investigation and taking action will be undertaken under the anti-corruption law. U Than Myint of Wundwin Constituency asked about reclamation of mechanized farm plots and disbursement of long-term loans for reclamation of modern farmlands. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than explained that the government has reclaimed 34,376 acres of mechanized farmlands including 711 aces with the assistance of Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage-JIID and Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA and Korea International Cooperation Agency-KOICA from 2011-12 to 2014-15 fiscal year. In 2015-16 fiscal year, the government will spend its fund on 4,500 acres of farmland, loans from India on 30,400 acres of land and International Fund for Agricultural Development-IFDA on 4,000 acres of land. Moreover, 20,400 acres of farmlands will be reclaimed with the loan from India and 4,000 acres with IFAD in 2016-17 fiscal year. A plan is underway to reclaim 2,000 acres by spending loan from IFAD in 2017-18 fiscal year. Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank has no plan to disburse long-term loans to farmers for paying back it through installment."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Union Supreme Court responds to legal action against unjust verdicts by judges
Date of publication: 13 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Pyithu Hluttaw on Thursday was asked of a query of the way legal action is taken against judges for unjust verdicts and how many of them have been punished, with the Supreme Court of the Union responding that unjust decisions are likely to result from the wrong interpretation of legal stipulations and that judges imposing unlawful decisions are punished regarding the severity of their wrongful verdicts. An MP tabled a motion at the parliament, demanding seismic surveys for hydropower projects planned to implement in the Thanlwin river. The Ministry of Electric Power responded arrangements are underway to study possible impacts the projects might have on the environment and that the public will be informed of safety measures. The parliament approved another motion urging the government to place the marketplace of the country’s products in border trade under the management of citizens."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (64K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 16 March, 2015: Seniors’ social welfare fund programme will be expanded gradually
Date of publication: 17 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Phone Swe said the ministry has proposed a budget to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to support the elder people between 90 and 100 years old in 2015- 2016 fiscal year. He also said the ministry has not planned to give K30,000 monthly to the senior citizens between 65 and 90 years old and the disabled persons in cooperation with NGOs and INGOs, adding that the plan will be carried out year by year based on the budget allocation. Replying to the query about special programmes of citizenship cards issuing namely ‘Moe Pwint Project’ raised by U Thein Tun Oo of Amarapura Constituency, Deputy Minister for Immigration and Population U Win Myint said the ministry conducted Moe Pwint Projects from level one to seven in many states and regions by using ministry’s budget for regular expenditure K417.964 million in 2013-2014 fiscal year and the assistance of respective states and regions where citizenship registration cards were issued. He also said that the ministry did not hire daily staff for the project. Later, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw said the Hluttaw proposed the union government to set up a pension fund for the retired politicians, however, the President Office rejected the proposal as Myanmar Socialist Programme Party has been revoked in accordance with an order of the military’s State Peace and Development Council in 1988, resulting in no pension fund for the dissolved party’s members."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (71K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Pyithu Hluttaw (People's Assembly/House of Representatives/Lower House) - proceedings > Pyithu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Amyotha Hluttaw convene 25th day meeting
Date of publication: 12 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — Representatives of Amyotha Hluttaw discussed issues on road construction, steel factories and infrastructural development. Dr Htay Win, an MP of Ayeyawady region constituency 5, asked for the transfer of railway section between Htugyi and Bantbwegone from the Ministry of Rail Transportation to the Department of Rural Development under the Ministry of Livestock, Fishery and Rural Development. Deputy Minister for Rail Transportation U Myint Thein said as the railway section is no longer used and the handover is a possibility if the MLFRD seeks approval from the MRT. MPs also discussed report of Amyotha Hluttaw’s National Planning and Development Projects Committee on its fact-findings for the third three-year of 2014- 2015 fiscal year. U Phone Myint, an MP of Yangon Region constituency 3, said the report of committee has showed that Myingyan steel factory was targeted to manufacture 200 thousand tonnes of steel. However the target was not met and the factory was suspended. He continued that another steel factory namely Patpin is under construction and is expected to manufacture steel in 2015-2016 fiscal year to be able to supply Myingyan facility with raw steel. The representative also noted he is optimistic about the potential of Petpin facility as the project has also been advocated by Union Ministry for Industry U Maung Myint and parliamentarians. U Paw Lyan Lwin, an MP of Chin State constituency 9, said companies and contractors who won deals for state projects did not observe the standards promised in the agreements due to negligence of quality inspection teams. Later, U Pe Thaung, Amyotha Hluttaw’s Rescue and Relief Committee submitted a report on humanitarian works of Amyotha Hluttaw members led by speaker U Khin Aung Myint in Mandalay, Rakhine, and Yangon."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (68K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Myanmar’s airlines urged to merge for giving better flight services
Date of publication: 13 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Ministry of Transport and Department of Civil Aviation have urged Myanmar’s airlines to merge with among them or international airlines so as to give better flight services to the passengers, Deputy Minister for Transport U Zin Yaw replied to a question raised by U Nyunt Tin of Yangon Region Constituency No 2 at Thursday’s session of Amyotha Hluttaw. With regard to the ASEAN Open Sky Policy included in the question of U Nyunt Tin, the deputy minister said that Department of Civil Aviation will clarify the drafting Myanmar Aviation Policy to all stakeholders for seeking advices from them. The ministry allows establishment of joint venture airlines with 49 percent of foreign investment. The MP asked one related question on plans of the departments concerned to urge airlines not to recruit staff with incentives of high salaries and emoluments in competitiveness with opponent airlines. The deputy minister replied that the Ministry of Transport has responsibility to supervise safely operating the airlines in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization and economic policies, laws and regulations of the government. Recruitment of staff is under management of respective organizations. A video clip on hearing the bill amending the national education law was presented to MPs at the 12th session of Amyotha Hluttaw."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (67K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 16 March, 2015: Ministry of Electric Power to electrify villages in Seikpyu Tsp, Paletwa Tsp depending on budgets
Date of publication: 17 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw continued for the 27th day session, here, on Monday. U Thaw Zin Oo of Magway Region Constituency raised a question on a plan for installation of 11 KVA power line along Seikpyu, Tegyi, Myaygyandaw, Gwaybin, Hteingan, Ywathitgyi and Kethsegan villages in Seikpyu Township. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo explained that electrification for 22 villages needs to install 11KV power lines in 23 miles of total length from Seikpyu power station to Lethse village and to Pintale village in the township and 23 transformers. Governments of regions and states sought funds for construction of small sub-power stations, 11 KV power lines and 400 volt power lines in 2014- 15 fiscal year. Magway region government plans to coordinate allotment of a fund for installation of 11 KV power line in coming fiscal years. U Salai Khwe Yan of Chin State Constituency No 12 asked whether there is a plan to supply electricity to Paletwa Township, Chin State, located on India- Myanmar Asian Highway. Deputy Minister U Aung Than Oo replied that Kyauktaw region in Rakhine State is being supplied electricity through 66 KV Ponnagyun-Kyauktaw power line and sub-power station as of 30 November 2014. A project must be implemented to electrify Paletwa region by building a 66-KV Kyauktaw- Paletwa power line and a sub-power station. Installation of power line and transformer for Paletwa region is expected to cost K12.235 billion except the expenditure for installation of power line to villages. Depending on the budget allotment of the government, the project will be implemented in 2015-16 fiscal year."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (71K)
Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Burma/Myanmar's Legislature > Parliament > Amyotha Hluttaw (Nationalities' Assembly/Upper House): Meetings > Amyotha Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015


Title: Earthrise (video series)
Description/subject: "EDarthrise is Al Jazeera’s award-winning environmental show. Now in its seventh season, earthrise continues to champion the individuals and grassroots initiatives exploring solutions to the environmental challenges we face today. From Sweden to the Seychelles, Myanmar to Mozambique, earthrise’s diverse team of reporters meet visionaries, global and local, who share their innovations and experiences, inspiring us all to get more involved."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Aljazeera
Format/size: Adobe Flash
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2015
ML > Environment (being reorganised and extended) > The global environment > The global environment - resources


Title: MIDNIGHT INTRUSIONS - Ending Guest Registration and Household Inspections in Myanmar (English)
Date of publication: 19 March 2014
Description/subject: SUMMARY: "Since President Thein Sein came to power in 2011, political and economic reforms in Myanmar have led to greater freedoms and unprecedented optimism for the country’s future. However, in communities throughout Myanmar, authorities continue to apply repressive laws and employ practices common under previous military regimes. The Ward or Village Tract Administration Law requires all residents of Myanmar—urban and rural, Burman Buddhists and minorities, rich and poor—to report the identity of overnight houseguests to government officials serving as ward or village tract administrators. In effect, residents need permission from the state to host overnight guests—and authorities are known to deny guest registration for a variety of reasons. Myanmar authorities ensure compliance with the guest registration requirement by conducting periodic household inspections. The Ward or Village Tract Administration Law empowers officials to inspect “the places needed to examine for prevalence of law and order and upholding the discipline [sic] ,” effectively giving them unfettered authority to enter private residences. Under the authority granted by this provision, ward or village tract administrators typically carry out household inspections late at night with police or intelligence officers and others, ostensibly to determine if unregistered guests are present. Given the timing of these intrusions, many residents refer to the practice as “midnight inspections”. Additionally, individuals who lack adequate documentation or citizenship status in Myanmar face challenges hosting or staying as overnight guests. For example, individuals who are unable to obtain household registration documents are typically required to regularly report themselves to the state as guests in their own homes, often on a weekly basis. The provisions of the Ward or Village Tract Administration Law related to the guest registration requirement and its enforcement impinge on various human rights, including the right to privacy and rights to freedom of movement, residency, and association. The guest registration requirement represents a systematic and nationwide breach of privacy, giving the government access to troves of personal data from communities across the country. Evidence collected by Fortify Rights also suggests that the law is particularly enforced against low-income communities, individuals working with civil society organizations, and political activists..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Fortify Rights
Format/size: pdf (1.1MB-reduced version; 1.24MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.fortifyrights.org/downloads/FR_Midnight_Intrusions_March_2015.pdf
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2015
ML > Law and Constitution > Civil and political issues > Association and Assembly > Laws, decrees, bills and regulations relating to association and assembly (commentaries)


Title: Midnight Intrusions - Summary & Recommendations ညဥ္႕နက္သန္းေခါင္ခ်င္းနင္း၀င္ေရာက္ျခင္းမ်ား ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ ဧည္႔စာရင္
Date of publication: 19 March 2015
Description/subject: အက်ဥ္းခ်ဳပ္ ၂၀၁၁ ခုႏွစ္တြင္ ဦးသိန္းစိန္ သမၼတျဖစ္လာၿပီးေနာက္၊ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ၏ ႏိုင္ငံေရးႏွင့္ စီးပြားေရး ျပဳျပင္ေျပာင္းလဲမႈမ်ားသည္ ႏိုင္ငံ၏အနာဂတ္အတြက္ ႀကီးမားေသာလြတ္လပ္မႈမ်ား မႀကံဳစဖူးေသာ အေကာင္းျမင္မႈမ်ားသို႔ ဦးတည္ခဲ့ပါသည္။ သို႔ရာတြင္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတစ္၀န္းရွိ လူ႔အသိုုက္အ၀န္းမ်ားတြင္၊ အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားသည္ ဖိႏွိပ္ေသာဥပေဒမ်ားကို ဆက္လက္က်င္႔သံုးေနၿပီး၊ ယခင္စစ္အစိုးရမ်ား လက္ထက္တြင္ က်င့္သံုးေနက်ကိုသာ ဆက္လက္အသံုးခ်လ်က္ ရွိပါသည္။ ၿမိဳ႕ျပႏွင့္ ေက်းလက္ေတာနယ္၊ ျမန္မာဗုဒၶဘာသာႏွင့္ လူနည္းစုမ်ား၊ ခ်မ္းသာသူႏွင့္ ဆင္းရဲသူ အပါအ၀င္ ျဖစ္ေသာ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံတြင္ ေနထိုင္သူအားလံုးသည္ ၂၀၁၂ ခုႏွစ္ ရပ္ကြက္ သို႔မဟုတ္ ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ ခ်ဳပ္ေရးဥပေဒ အရ ညဥ္႕အိပ္ညဥ္႕ေန အိမ္တြင္တည္းခိုသူမ်ားကို ရပ္ကြက္ သို႔မဟုတ္ ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴးအျဖစ္ တာ၀န္ထမ္းေဆာင္ေနေသာ အစိုးရအရာရွိမ်ားထံ တိုင္ၾကားရန္လိုအပ္ပါသည္။ စင္စစ္ အားျဖင့္ ေဒသခံမ်ားသည္ ညဥ္႕အိပ္ညဥ္႕ေနတည္းခိုမည္႕သူမ်ားကို လက္ခံႏိုင္ရန္ ႏိုင္ငံေတာ္မွ ခြင့္ျပဳခ်က္ ရယူရန္လိုအပ္ပါသည္၊ အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားကလည္း အေၾကာင္းမ်ိဳးစံုျပၿပီး ျငင္းပယ္ႏိုင္ေၾကာင္းသိရွိရပါသည္။ ျမန္မာအာဏာပိုင္မ်ားသည္ မၾကာခဏႏွင့္ ပံုမွန္ဆိုသလို အိမ္ေထာင္စုမ်ားကိုစစ္ေဆးျခင္းျဖင္႔ တည္း ခိုသူမ်ားကိုတိုင္ၾကားရန္လိုအပ္ခ်က္ကို လိုက္နာေၾကာင္း ေသခ်ာေစပါသည္။ ရပ္ကြက္ သို႔မဟုတ္ ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးဥပေဒသည္ အရာရွိမ်ားအား ပုဂၢလိကေနအိမ္မ်ားကို ၀င္ေရာက္ရန္ႏွင့္ “တရား ဥပေဒစိုးမိုးေရးႏွင့္ စည္းကမ္းထိန္းသိမ္းေရးအတြက္ စစ္ေဆးရန္လိုအပ္ေသာေနရာမ်ားကို အခါအား ေလ်ာ္စြာစစ္ေဆးရန္” အကန္႔အသတ္မရွိ အခြင့္အာဏာေပးထားပါသည္။ ဤျပဌာန္းခ်က္က ခြင့္ျပဳထား ေသာ အခြင့္အာဏာအရ ရပ္ကြက္ႏွင့္ ေက်းရြာအုပ္စု အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴးမ်ားသည္ ထံုးစံအတိုင္း ဤစစ္ေဆးမႈ မ်ားကို ညဥ္႕နက္ေသာ အခါက်မွ ရဲ သို႔မဟုတ္ ေထာက္လွမ္းေရးအရာရွိမ်ား၊ အျခားသူမ်ားႏွင့္အတူ ဧည္႔စာရင္းတိုင္ၾကားျခင္းမရွိေသာ ဧည္႔သည္မ်ားရွိ မရွိကို စစ္ေဆးရန္အေၾကာင္းျပ၍ ျပဳလုပ္ၾကပါသည္။ ဤခ်င္းနင္း၀င္ေရာက္ျခင္းမ်ားျပဳလုပ္သည္႔ အခ်ိန္ကိုေထာက္ရႈ၍ ေဒသခံမ်ားသည္ ထိုအေလ့အက်င့္ကို “ညဥ္႕နက္ သန္းေခါင္စစ္ေဆးမႈမ်ား” ဟုရည္ညႊန္းေျပာဆိုၾကပါသည္
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Fortify Rights
Format/size: pdf (962K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/FR-2015-03-Midnight_Intrusions-summary-bu.pdf
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2015
ML > Law and Constitution > Civil and political issues > Association and Assembly > Laws, decrees, bills and regulations relating to association and assembly (commentaries)


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Thursday 19 March, 2015
Date of publication: 19 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Budget committee explains restraints of allocation: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — Chairman U Soe Thar of the Joint Committee on Scrutinizing National Plans, the Union Budget and Taxation Bills on Wednesday outlined to the national assembly the workings of the committee as it assessed projects funded by state revenue, loans or grants. He said the committee categorized the projects, determining how long they would take until completion and the likelihood of meeting budget requirements The committee scrutinized the projects by forming 19 teams and four central sub-committees not to waste allocated budget. MPs of Pyidaungsu Hluutaw then discussed adjustment of the Union budget..." PYITHU HLUTTAW: Information Ministry withdraws proposed Public Service Media bill: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — The Pyithu Hluttaw in its session Wednesday discussed illegal imports of satellite dishes and receivers for foreign TV channels, motorway toll charges and the withdrawal of the proposed Public Service Media bill by the Ministry of Information. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told the Lower House that the ministry and its organs are taking action against illegal imports of satellite TV receivers in accordance with the 2012 Import- Export Law. The penalty for breaching the law on the prohibition of illegal items is up to three years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both, he said. He added that authorities will take action in response to complaints from TV service providers. Responding to the query of Lower House MP U Thein Nyunt, Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut also said relevant ministries need to cooperate to control illegal import of foreign satellite receivers, as some of the channels show explicit programmes and gambling. The information minister said spill-over is technically unavoidable as TV programmes are broadcast through satellites, although imports of satellite dishes that can receive programmes from Skynet and MRTV have been banned. He also suggested the bill committee of the Pyithu Hluttaw should consider puting this issue into the discussion of a bill on television and broadcast law..."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Improved transport for tourism on agenda in Upper House: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw convened its 29th day meeting of the 12th regular session on Wednesday, with discussion of road construction in Mandalay region and promotion of tourism through improved transportation in Chin State. Replying to a query from Upper House MP U Soe Aung about the plan to build a new road outside Meikhtila Township to link Myingyan and Mandalay, Union Minister U Kyaw Lwin said the Ministry of Construction will conduct a feasibility study with Mandalay region government to upgrade the 4-mile-long earth road. U Paw Lyan Lwin, an MP of Chin State constituency 9 also asked for development of Bungtla Waterfall, the longest waterfall in Chin State near Matupi Township, into a tourist attraction. Deputy Minister at the President’s Office U Aung Thein said the Chin State government is developing its road networks, with understanding that reliable transportation is important for the tourism industry and the respective areas. The Amyotha Hluttaw then approved a bill on amending the Highways Act passed by the Pyithu Hluttaw with some amendments."..... DOMESTIC NEWS: Now is time for all national races to join hands, end conflicts and live together...UEC issues notification on voters’ list...Hundreds more vendors join streamlined trading system...Seventh meeting between UPWC and NCCT contributes to ceasefire agreement...MPE puts operation of fertilizer factory to tender...Media accreditation card for covering Solar Impulse-2 available in Mandalay...Union Cooperatives Minister urges farmers to use Daedong tractors effectively...Rakhine gets a new ferry boat after a vessel capsized...Tatmadaw columns capture insurgent-held hilltops...National Scrutinization Card issued to eligible citizens in Launglon, Taninthayi Region...Workshop on International Standard for Exercise of Police Powers in Mandalay...Talks on duties of Golf Referee on 26 March...Illegal precious wood seized in Kawlin, Kachin State...Ngapali’s natural beauty draws international attention...Veteran sports writers honoured...French trainer leads election reporting course in Myitkyina, Kachin State...Northern Shan State enjoys tourism boom...Open division football tourney to mark 700th anniversary of Sagaing..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: U Nanda Kyaw Swa receives Canadian Honourary Consul...C-in-C receives Turkish Ambassador...ROK’s Eximbank to assist Myanmar’s IT Infra-Network Expansion Project...Union Defence Minister back home...Myanmar U-20 and U-22 to meet Malaysia U-22 on 19 and 22 March..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Education, love and nurturing essential for children" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLE:"Human Relations Skills II" by Kyi Mun
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Thursday 19 March, 2015
Date of publication: 19 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.9Mb)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Thursday 19 March, 2015
Date of publication: 19 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.5MB)
Date of entry/update: 19 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Paying the Debt: 25 Years Later, Burma’s Struggle for Freedom Isn’t Over
Date of publication: 19 August 2013
Description/subject: "... It doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize the very substantial flaws inherent in the process so far. They include the flawed constitution that the military adopted in 2008 to entrench its supremacy in politics by reserving 25 percent of seats in parliament, by allowing the generals to appoint the three most important cabinet ministers, by authorizing the armed forces to take power in case of state emergency, and by limiting meaningful autonomy for ethnic minorities. Meanwhile we are still contending with the effects of simmering civil war and ethnic conflict, rising nationalism and communal violence, deepening poverty and a widening gap between rich and poor. The military has allowed unprecedented popular participation in Burmese politics, but they still control real political and economic power by means of the 2008 constitution and highly skewed wealth distribution. Access to power has been dramatic ally broadened, but the exercise of power remains in the same hands: the military’s. For this reason, all of us who attended the reunion felt acutely that our mission still has not been accomplished. There is one 8-8-88 memory that has never let go of me. When we were marching during the 1988 democracy movement, the people had nothing to eat, but they made rice bags for us so that we could eat and keep marching. When we collected the rice bags, we always promised them: "You will get democracy one day." So far, we haven’t kept our promise..."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Student activism in Burma > Student actions in 1988
Politics and Government > Burma's opposition movement > Burma's opposition movement - general studies


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Wednesday 18 March, 2015
Date of publication: 18 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: UEC defends its proposed budget for general election: "Nay Pyi Taw, 17 March — The 2015 General Election is a national duty and the proposed budget for the Union Election Commission should be considered in this light, a UEC member told representatives at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Tuesday. One representative of the house said the K 5,700.811 million for reception under the budget is enough to build 126 rural healthcare centres, calling for it to be cut. At the session, Union Election Commission member U Win Ko explained that the proposed budget of the commission includes K 2.5 million for reception costs and K 5,698.311 million for costs of meals for volunteers for voting booths, as well as sub-commission chairmen and secretaries of sub-commissions, who do not receive any salaries or allowances. As there will be 46,489 voting booths in the entire country in 2015 General Election, cutting the proposed budget should be considered in light of the national duty of holding the general election, he added. Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut said that money the ministry earned is the net profits of the ministry from newspapers, advertisements and other general earnings, after deducting production costs, management costs and commercial taxes. The union minister added that general earnings of the News and Periodicals Enterprise, which reaches K 100 million every year, comes from newspapers and advertisements, while costs for assets are divided into yearly expenditure, which is paid as annual expenditure to the government."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Home Affairs sees no need to share heavy workload: "Nay Pyi Taw, 17 March — The deputy minister of Home Affairs rebuffed a proposal to reduce the ministry’s heavy workload put before the Amyotha Hluttaw on Tuesday. Saying the ministry does not see the need to share it responsibilities, Maj-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint explained that all of its departments work together under close supervision of regional governments and the Nay Pyi Taw council. He said the ministry, as a law enforcement body, continues to implement its goals in line with guidelines and policies laid down by the government. He added the brigades and departments under the ministry work together to carry out measures for national security, rule of law and order, control of narcotic drugs, regional development activities and public services in all parts of the country."...PYITHU HLUTTAW: Land plots untenanted subject to fines, confiscation: Pyithu Hluttaw: "Nay Pyi Taw, 17 March — Owners of unoccupied plots of land in Yangon Region industrial zones face fines or having their land confiscated, the secretary of the Industrial Development Committee told the Pyithu Hluttaw on Tuesday. Responding to a question about the process for reclaiming such plots, he said the city has 24 industrial zones with over 10,000 land plots, of which 2,339 are still untenanted. “Legal action ranges from fines to surrender of the plots,” he said. Regarding a question of whether region and state governments have the rights to sell unlicensed vehicles with court clearances by tender, the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development said the Ministry of Commerce will designate floor prices for such vehicles to be sold by open tender to ensure compatible prices of officially imported vehicles. Region and state governments are required to seek approval from the central government to put unlicensed vehicles with court clearances to tender, according to NPED. The Ministry of Industry responded to a question with respect to the registration of small and medium enterprises and the availability of loans, saying that different ministries undertake registration of different industries according to the law. SMEs are to register at the Ministry of Industry, microenterprises at the Ministry of Cooperative, rice and bean mills at the Ministry of Commerce, fishery products at the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, and tourism industries at the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Commercial hubs like Yangon Region, Mandalay Region, Ayeyawady Region, Sagaing Region and Shan State receive loans of K2 billion each while loans of K1b go to each of the remaining regions, states and council areas. The Small and Medium Industrial Development Bank disburses loans to enterprises after the scrutiny of their assets by authorities."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Livestock ministry opens applications to run farms, factories through JV...Peace talks on nationwide ceasefire agreement resume...Designer hits right note with conference logo...MoT launches probe into deadly ferry sinking, to inspect all state-owned vessels...Researchers find rare bird species in Chin Hills...30 released following arrests at protest: Home Affairs...Government troops take strategic rebels’ hilly bases...Royal buildings completed to preserve Myanmar ancient heritage...Region Chief Minister on inspection tour of industrial city...Farms to use wasp species to control pests...Farmers in Taungtha Tsp start cultivation of summer paddy and crops...Meeting held to discuss reforms in the draft Myanmar Companies Law...Political parties apply for registration at UEC...Local cancer non-profit joins worldwide body in fight against disease...Agriculturists share knowledge with farmers for cultivation of crops...Myanmar Clothing Bank to help street children in Yangon suburbs...Ten new schools in Rakhine State to admit students from both communities..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: UEC briefs US Ambassador, USAID on plans for 2015 vote...Mitsubishi Electric inks deal on technical training...Myanmar, USAID seek ways for Myanmar’s development...Germany’s KI Pharma eyes investing in Myanmar’s pharmaceutical industry...Workshop on International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights...Energy ministry to store diesel for future use...Mandalay university students get training programme in India..... "PERSPECTIVES": "False friends worse than outright enemies" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLE: "Happiness: a Fundamental Right for All" by Dr Aung Soe (Retired State Medical Superintendent)
Language: English
Source/publisher: The University of Hong Kong
Format/size: pdf (2.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Wednesday 18 March, 2015
Date of publication: 18 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6M reduced version; 10M original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/18.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Wednesday 18 March, 2015
Date of publication: 18 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.8MB reduced version; 6.9MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/18.Mar_.15_KM.pdf
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: On The Land We Live - A film about land reform in Myanmar (video)
Date of publication: 17 March 2015
Description/subject: Documentary by the Land Core Group Myanmar, where 70% of the Myanmar population are smallholder farmers, about the challenges faced by poor farmers from land grabbing and land dispossession in rural Myanmar...Interviews with land activists and dispossessed farmers in different parts of the country... sections on: resistance to land-grabbing; Myanmar land law and policies (where customary tenure and women's land rights are not explicitly recognised); efficiency of smallholder practice...
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ (English voice-over and subtitles)
Source/publisher: Land Core Group of the Food Security Working Group
Format/size: Adobe Flash (20 minutes)
Alternate URLs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xztU_f6QsrU&feature=youtu.be
Date of entry/update: 18 March 2015
ML > Land > Land in Burma > Human activity on land in Burma/Myanmar > Land confiscation for military, commercial and other purposes
Law and Constitution > Administration > Land, property and planning > Laws, decrees, bills and regulations relating to land, property and planning (commentary)
Land > Land in Burma > Tenure > Tenure insecurity in Burma (including land grabbing)
Agriculture > Smallholder farming


Title: Why Peace Is Still a Tough Sell
Date of publication: 10 September 2013
Description/subject: "... Generally speaking, the whole peace process is an executive-led initiative. The Myanmar Peace Center (MPC), led by reform-minded ministers Aung Min and Soe Thein, plays an essential role in facilitating on-the-ground negotiations (as well as the ensuing complaints, protests and controversies). With the help of the MPC, the government has thus far struck ceasefire deals with fourteen ethnic armed groups despite ongoing battles with Kachin state in northern Burma and other ethnic resistance armies. President Thein Sein has made it very clear on many occasions that the country would soon see a nationwide ceasefire signed between the government and ethnic rebel armies. The government plans to hold a grand ceremony in October of this year to sign a nationwide ceasefire accord with the 14 ethnic armed groups and is keeping the door open for other armed groups to enter the agreement at any time. The government, working in coordination with all stakeholders — including ethnic groups, Union Parliament, the military, political parties and civil society organizations — will then draft a framework for a national political dialogue. Thein Sein and his aides are aiming for nothing less than a complete end to the civil war..."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2015
ML > Dialogue/reform/transition - from military to civilian rule? > Dialogue/reform/transition in Burma/Myanmar - analyses and statements
Politics and Government > Politics and Government - general studies


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Tuesday 17 March, 2015
Date of publication: 17 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Union ministers explain budgets at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — Union level officials explained the budgets for ministries at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Monday. Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun told the national assembly session that four departments of the ministry asked for less expenditure for fuel oil, maintenance of machinery and receptions than in previous years, but Myanma Timber Enterprise had to seek more funds to pay income taxes for the 2013- 14 fiscal year and cover increased salaries and pensions. According to the union minister, Myanma Timber Enterprise will have little left over after it has paid salaries, wages, commercial taxes and income taxes and, as a result, the ministry will face difficulty if the proposed budget is cut by 5 percent by the Joint Public Account Committee..."...PYITHU HLUTTAW: Seniors’ social welfare fund programme will be expanded gradually: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Phone Swe said the ministry has proposed a budget to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to support the elder people between 90 and 100 years old in 2015- 2016 fiscal year. He also said the ministry has not planned to give K30,000 monthly to the senior citizens between 65 and 90 years old and the disabled persons in cooperation with NGOs and INGOs, adding that the plan will be carried out year by year based on the budget allocation. Replying to the query about special programmes of citizenship cards issuing namely ‘Moe Pwint Project’ raised by U Thein Tun Oo of Amarapura Constituency, Deputy Minister for Immigration and Population U Win Myint said the ministry conducted Moe Pwint Projects from level one to seven in many states and regions by using ministry’s budget for regular expenditure K417.964 million in 2013-2014 fiscal year and the assistance of respective states and regions where citizenship registration cards were issued. He also said that the ministry did not hire daily staff for the project. Later, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw said the Hluttaw proposed the union government to set up a pension fund for the retired politicians, however, the President Office rejected the proposal as Myanmar Socialist Programme Party has been revoked in accordance with an order of the military’s State Peace and Development Council in 1988, resulting in no pension fund for the dissolved party’s members."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Ministry of Electric Power to electrify villages in Seikpyu Tsp, Paletwa Tsp depending on budgets: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — The Amyotha Hluttaw continued for the 27th day session, here, on Monday. U Thaw Zin Oo of Magway Region Constituency raised a question on a plan for installation of 11 KVA power line along Seikpyu, Tegyi, Myaygyandaw, Gwaybin, Hteingan, Ywathitgyi and Kethsegan villages in Seikpyu Township. Deputy Minister for Electric Power U Aung Than Oo explained that electrification for 22 villages needs to install 11KV power lines in 23 miles of total length from Seikpyu power station to Lethse village and to Pintale village in the township and 23 transformers. Governments of regions and states sought funds for construction of small sub-power stations, 11 KV power lines and 400 volt power lines in 2014- 15 fiscal year. Magway region government plans to coordinate allotment of a fund for installation of 11 KV power line in coming fiscal years..."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: KIO holds talks with President, takes new step to achieving peace...Bill Committee, students continue debate on bill amending national education law...More than 540,000 students sat Chemistry subject in matriculation exam...Internal conflicts cost lives of national brethen, says senior general...Tatmadaw launches attacks on Point 1468 hilltop seized by Kokang insurgents...Rakhine ferry sinking death toll rise to 59...Creek no longer barrier as new bridge connects villages...Infrastructure upgrades under way in Kayah State...Development project seeks to raise rural incomes...Buddha Pujaniya of Shwesaryan Pagoda draws crowds of pilgrims...Ancient monuments in Royal Mandalay City need preservation...New upper class coaches improve comfort on Yangon-Mandalay route...Sabei Housing Project introduced to media in. Aungdawmu Pagoda...Tickets for football friendly on sales on 18-19 March..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Global showcase to feature Myanmar’s traditional puppets...Thai plans to construct second border bridge near Myanmar...President U Thein Sein sends messages of felicitations to Ireland...Union FM sends message of felicitations to Ireland..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Avoid mistaking effect for cause" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "HEAD AND HEART" by Kyi Mun
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Tuesday 17 March, 2015
Date of publication: 17 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.6MB reduced version; 9.4MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/17.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Tuesday 17 March, 2015
Date of publication: 17 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 17 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Monday 16 March, 2015
Date of publication: 16 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.2 MB reduced version; 7.3MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/16.Mar_.15_KM.pdf
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "Myanmar Alin" Monday 16 March, 2015
Date of publication: 16 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7.2MB reduced version; 11MB original)
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" > "Myanmar Alin" 2015


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Monday 16 March, 2015
Date of publication: 16 March 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: President inspects dredging at Kyee Ni lake in Yamethin Township...UPWC, KIO commit to achieving nationwide ceasefire...The Republic of the Union of Myanmar...A bridge spanning Pazi Creek in Ngaphe Tsp...Ottara District IPRD improves capacity of rural librarians...Fire engulfs house; destroying property worth K7.2 million...Upgrading roads to develop rural areas in Aunglan Tsp...Earthen road benefits local residents from 16 villages in Hinthada Tsp...Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham hosts dinner to KIO delegates...Educationalists and legal advisors share opinions on education amendment bill...Dredging earthen lake to prevent outbreak of fire...Dwellers invited to enjoy Ayeyawady Literary Festival...Local authorities, well-wishers provide assistance for fire victims...Needy people to get rural houses in Phekhon Tsp...Process of Special Moe Pwint Project appears on LED billboard...Myanmar’s real estate market expected to be cool this year: experts...Diabetes comes under spotlight at health seminar...Myanmar cruise into second round qualifiers of Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Indonesia’s fuel giant eyes Myanmar market...Appointment of Ambassador agreed on...Myanmar cruise into second round qualifiers of Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Exclusion from education has impacts on society" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "The endless havoc or chaos or pandemonium or mayhem caused by hostility, egocentrism, barbarity, injustice and inequality in human societies" by Tommy Pauk
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (4.3MB)
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2015


Title: SEQUENCE OF EVENTS ATTENDING U THANT'S BURIAL IN RANGOON, BURMA
Description/subject: 5 accounts..."U Thant died of cancer in hospital in New York on November 25,1974. His body lay in state at the United Nations in Manhattan on Nov.27 and 28..It was then taken to a funeral home until the next day when it was taken to the airport for the long flight home to Rangoon in Burma. His wife remained behind at their home in New York. His daughter and son-in-law accompanied the coffin. While he was alive, the military government in Burma headed by General Ne Win had refused to validate U Thant's Burmese passport; his daughter and son-in-law now travelled to Burma on Certificates of Identity, not Burmese passports. They arrived in Rangoon on December 1,1974. There was no official reception by the military government of Burma or General Ne Win..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Anonymous
Format/size: pdf (122K)
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
ML > History > Historical periods > Military (BSPP) Period, 1962-1988


Title: Let’s Face It: Democracy in Burma Is Not Inevitable
Date of publication: 03 April 2014
Description/subject: "... In my reports, I’m trying to offer readers more empirical facts from the ground and analyze them in the light of possible trajectories ahead. I’m increasingly convinced that the process of political opening in Burma is heading towards a particular brand of hybrid regime. In short, it’s high time for us to call a spade a spade: We need to get over the hopeful talk of "democratization" in Burma and recognize that the country is, in fact, undergoing a liberalization process that doesn’t necessarily lead toward liberal democracy. As I see it, there are three basic groups that have three fundamentally different views: In the view of the authoritarians (the Chinese and old regime hardliners), the predatory state under the old dictator served their interests well, so they long for yesterday. The liberalizers (including both Burma’s current business cronies and Burma’s friends in the West) welcome the space afforded by liberalization, so they live for today. Then there are the ordinary people of the country, who desperately yearn for more find that their path forward is still blocked. So the people of Burma feel that tomorrow does not belong to them."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English and French
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
ML > Dialogue/reform/transition - from military to civilian rule? > Dialogue/reform/transition in Burma/Myanmar - analyses and statements
Politics and Government > Politics and Government - general studies


Title: Why Burma Is Heading Downhill Fast
Date of publication: 28 March 2015
Description/subject: "...None of this seems to impress Burma’s ordinary citizens much — which hardly comes as a surprise, given their continuing poverty and lack of rights. They are left to cope with the daily reality of unemployment, illegal land grabs, official corruption, ethnic tension, and the inevitable outbursts of violence when government forces step in to suppress the resulting protests. (In the photo above, protesters pray during a demonstration against land grabs in Yangon.) Given the general atmosphere of tension, it is not hard to imagine how power struggles at the top might lead to partisan political protests, religious riots, or even terrorist attacks. Since the general level of trust and tolerance is so weak, and the capacity of the state so fragile, society could easily find itself in a situation even worse than Thailand’s recent bout of political polarization. No wonder the Economist projected that Burma is at high risk of social unrest in 2014. Unless Burma’s leaders manage to reach a basic consensus about the speed and character of the transition, these risks will only mount. A few weeks ago I described the current situation in our country to some of my friends as a "slow-motion train wreck." As one of those listening put it: "Yes. And we, the people of Burma, are inside the train.""
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
ML > Dialogue/reform/transition - from military to civilian rule? > Dialogue/reform/transition in Burma/Myanmar - analyses and statements
Politics and Government > Politics and Government - general studies


Title: What Burma Should Learn from Nelson Mandela
Date of publication: 07 December 2013
Description/subject: "... These days, Burma’s transition from tyranny to democracy is partly stymied by the opposition’s attempt to institutionalize the memory of our past political divisions. Instead of putting forward a vision for the future and policies to make that vision a reality, the opposition leadership tends to employ a "good-versus-evil" political narrative as a key frame of reference in mobilizing the public. The opposition, of course, can gain a significant advantage by using this polarizing ploy. The public’s distrust and hatred of the previous junta still poisons its opinion of the current pseudo-civilian government. However, using history as a campaign instrument has only encouraged dark forces within the establishment to defend themselves using "biology" in campaigns advocating racial and religious purity. These have ranged from an attempt to prohibit interfaith marriage, to rampant anti-Muslim hate speeches, to outright communal violence. The country is gradually sliding into a history-versus-biology political battle as it approaches the 2015 elections. What we really need is a truly democratic contest of vision and policy. The country lacks a sense of unity. True reconciliation and healing remain elusive in this fragile transition. Mandela was right. When invoking memory becomes a political strategy, society suffers from a lack of imagination. Without a new vision for the future, we cannot move on and be reborn..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
RR > Bibliographies and online documents of individual Burma/Myanmar scholars
Politics and Government > Politics and Government - general studies


Title: Why It Makes Sense to Engage with Burma’s Military
Date of publication: 19 September 2013
Description/subject: "...In short, any positive political concessions the Burmese military is likely to make regarding constitutional reform and the 2015 elections rest to a significant degree on a mil-to-mil incentive package from the United States. I think that smart, timely action by the United States to reconnect with the Burmese military would be one of the best insurance polices against another military take-over. And that could well save me and my compatriots from reliving that tragic day in September 1988."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
ML > Politics and Government > Politics and Government - general studies


Title: Our Rivers Are Not for Sale
Date of publication: 16 March 2015
Description/subject: "When the government in Naypyidaw looks at the Salween River and other rivers in Burma, they don’t see their beauty: they see Thai baht, Chinese yuan, US dollars and Indian rupees. For them, the rivers flowing through the lands of our ethnic communities are nothing more than a potential source of revenue. Not revenue for local people, but for the central government: they want to dam our rivers, sell most of the energy they generate to neighboring countries, and keep the money for themselves. This money will be partly used to continue the modernization of the Burmese military, which is expanding its presence in the country’s ethnic hinterlands and still committing human rights abuses. We ethnic peoples will still be sitting in the dark, and paying for our own repression...Economically, politically and environmentally, dams are not the right choice for Burma. They will continue to provoke conflict, human rights abuses, environmental destruction, and increased marginalization and impoverishment of affected communities. They will not help the development of our country; they will hinder it. Rather than selling our rivers in return for a meager financial reward, our country needs a long-term energy policy based on clean, renewable energy."
Author/creator: Hsa Moo
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 16 March 2015
ML > Water, including dams > Water bodies (global. regional) > Human activities in, on and around Burma's water bodies > Threats to Burma's water bodies and their communities > Dams and other hydropower projects (constructed and planned) in Burma/Myanmar > Dams and other hydropower projects on the Salween


Title: Doing Business in Burma : 2014 Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies
Date of publication: 25 June 2014
Description/subject: * Chapter 1: Doing Business In Burma * Chapter 2: Political and Economic Environment * Chapter 3: Selling U.S. Products and Services * Chapter 4: Leading Sectors for U.S. Export and Investment * Chapter 5: Trade Regulations , Customs and Standards * Chapter 6: Investment Climate * Chapter 7: Trade and Project Financing * Chapter 8: Business Travel * Chapter 9: Contacts, Market Research and Trade Events * Chapter 10: Guide to Our Service
Language: English
Source/publisher: US & Foreign Commercial Service and US Dept. of State
Format/size: pdf (950K)
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
ML > Economy > Burma's economic relations with various countries > Burma's economic relations with the USA


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 98 - February 2015
Date of publication: February 2015
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Kokang offensive • Red Cross convoy attacked • Clashes in Kachin, Shan • Civilian abuse in Kachin, Shan • Preliminary peace deal signed... INSIDE BURMA: • Student protests, negotiations • Parliament's 12th session • Military spending proposed • Gen Aung San's 100th birthday... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Temporary IDs revoked • Rohingya abuses • Arbitrary sentences • Press restricted • Monywa report... DISPLACEMENT: • Burmese migrants INTERNATIONAL • UNHCHR criticism... ECONOMY: • Rangoon worker strike • Oil block exploration... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (160K)
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Online publications by Burma solidarity groups > ALTSEAN-Burma archive


Title: BURMA BULLETIN ISSUE 97 - January 2015
Date of publication: January 2015
Description/subject: KEY STORY: • Clashes in Kachin, Shan • Civilian abuse in Shan • Kachin teachers raped, killed... INSIDE BURMA: • Thein Sein hosts meeting • Parliament's 12th session • Students protest Education Law • Letpadaung protests • Burma still "Not Free"... HUMAN RIGHTS: • Yanghee Lee goes to Burma • Protests against UNSR • Arrests and imprisonments • Child soldiers still recruited... DISPLACEMENT: • Rohingya in Thailand • Trafficked Rohingya in Malaysia... INTERNATIONAL: • US delegation visits Burma • US, EU officials slam regime... ECONOMY: • Pipeline disrupts Kyaukpyu... OTHER BURMA NEWS... REPORTS.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (426K)
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Online publications by Burma solidarity groups > ALTSEAN-Burma archive


Title: REGIME CONTINUES ANTI-ROHINGYA POLICIES
Date of publication: March 2015
Description/subject: • The situation for Rohingya, often described as one of the world's most persecuted peoples, has severely deteriorated during President Thein Sein’s presidency, with a spike in hate crimes and the introduction of additional discriminatory draft laws and policies. • Pre-existing discriminatory policies against Rohingya, including restrictions on marriage and birthrates, remain in full force. Stricter enforcement of the 1982 Citizenship Law ensures most Rohingya remain stateless. • The regime has failed to prevent or investigate repeated incidents of violence against Rohingya, including possible mass atrocities that have resulted in 140,000 IDPs. • Regime security forces continue to arbitrarily arrest, beat, rape, torture, and kill Rohingya in Arakan State. • The regime has restricted aid in Arakan State, expelled the state’s biggest provider of healthcare, and limited Rohingya IDPs’ access to food, water, and sanitation. Living conditions for Rohingya have severely deteriorated as a result. • The regime denied Rohingya the right to self-identify in the 2014 nationwide census, and forced many to identify as ‘Bengali’ in a subsequent ‘citizenship assessment,’ causing widespread fear that they will be deemed ‘illegal immigrants’ and expelled. The denial of Rohingya identity also extends internationally, as the regime consistently expresses anger at the international community’s use of the term “Rohingya.”
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (130K)
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Online publications by Burma solidarity groups > ALTSEAN-Burma archive
Administrative areas > Arakan (Rakhine) State
Human Rights > Discrimination > Race or Ethnicity: Discrimination based on > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations > Racial or ethnic discrimination in Burma: reports of violations against specific groups > Discrimination against the Rohingya


Title: BURMA UPDATE SINCE 2014 UNHRC RESOLUTION
Date of publication: March 2015
Description/subject: • The Tatmadaw’s four-year war in Kachin and Shan States has escalated. From September 2014 through February 2015, Tatmadaw troops clashed with ethnic armed groups, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Shan State Army – South (SSA-S), and the Shan State Army – North (SSA-N), at least 110 times. • In February, the Tatmadaw launched a new offensive against the Kokang, using ground and air attacks. This is the first offensive in the area since the SPDC army attacked the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) in the 2009 ‘Kokang Incident.’ • The Tatmadaw continued to attack and fire on civilian targets as part of its offensive, and restricted aid to IDPs in KIA-controlled areas. Tatmadaw troops committed human rights abuses against civilians with impunity, including acts of sexual violence against women. • The Tatmadaw’s continued attacks in ethnic areas, particularly on civilians, has seriously undermined the peace process, with ethnic armed groups refusing to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement until the regime gives them political guarantees. • President Thein Sein failed to keep his promise to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013. Authorities continue to use repressive laws to arrest and prosecute activists, farmers, and human rights defenders, including those opposing land confiscation. The trend of rising arrests in 2014 continued into 2015: At the end of January 2015, there were 159 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma, with 213 activists awaiting trial for political actions. • The persecution of journalists continues. The regime sentenced more media workers to prison terms in 2014 for publishing ‘undesirable’ material. Tatmadaw soldiers detained and killed freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing (aka Par Gyi), who was covering an outbreak of fighting in Mon State.
Language: English
Source/publisher: ALTSEAN-Burma
Format/size: pdf (415K); Word (475K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.altsean.org/Docs/DOC%20Format/Thematic%20Briefers/Burma%20update%20since%202014%20UNHRC%...
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Online publications by Burma solidarity groups > ALTSEAN-Burma archive


Title: "Les Nouvelles de Birmanie", Janvier 2015
Date of publication: 01 January 2015
Description/subject: Le 8 janvier l’association pour l’assistance aux prisonniers politiques recensait: 82 prisonniers politiques et 72 fermiers emprisonnés...Le 23 janvier, 42 enfants soldats ont été libérés de l’armée birmane, mais leur recrutement continue selon un rapport de l’ONG Enfants Soldats International...19 résidents de Nay Pyi Taw condamnés à de la prison pour avoir manifesté contre la confiscation des terres.....Les événements clefs du mois: Nouvelles attaques de l’armée birmane dans les Etats Kachin et Shan, l’aide humanitaire bloquée...Deux institutrices kachin violées et tuées ; 4 corps brûlés retrouvés...Etat Chin : les discriminations contre les chrétiens continues...Libération du Dr Tun Aung...Les protestations continuent sur le site d’une mine de cuivre, la Commission birmane des Droits de l’Homme publie une déclaration...Les étudiants continuent de protester contre la loi sur l’éducation...La Chine et l’exploitation forestière illégale en Birmanie.....Les focus du mois: La communauté internationale s’inquiète de la situation des droits de l’homme en Birmanie.....Le conflit dans l’état Karen s’intensifie au détriment de la population civile.
Language: Français, French
Source/publisher: Info Birmanie
Format/size: pdf (363K-reduced version; 411K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.info-birmanie.org/wp-content/uploads/NDB-janvier-2015.pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Online publications by Burma solidarity groups > "Les Nouvelles de Birmanie", "Birmanie>Net Hebdo"


Title: "Les Nouvelles de Birmanie", Février 2015
Date of publication: February 2015
Description/subject: Les chiffres du mois: En 2011, seules 500 000 personnes avaient accès à internet, désormais 2,6 millions de birmans sont connectés soit 4 personnes sur 100...2/3 des terres dans l’État Karenni/Kayah ont été confisquées aux paysans et appartiennent désormais à l’armée birmane ou à des entreprises privées...La Birmanie est sur la liste des 25 pays qui seront les plus affectés par les changements climatiques. Elle fait également partie des pays les moins préparés et les plus vulnérables...Près de 90 000 personnes ont été forcées de quitter leur foyer à cause des affrontements dans la région de Kokang, 30 000 d’entre elles, au moins, se sont réfugiées en Chine.....Les événements clefs du mois: Les affrontements entre l’armée birmane et les groupes armés Kachin et Shan continuent et font toujours plus de victimes... Un rapport d’Amnesty international, publié le 10 février, dénonce les crimes et abus commis par les entreprises chinoise (Wanbao Mining Ltd) et canadienne (Turquoise Hill Resources) exploitant la mine de Letpadaung, mais également par le gouvernement birman et le conglomérat militaire...Jour de l’union national : seuls quatre groupes armés sur treize ont accepté de signer l’accord préliminaire de paix à Naypyidaw...Les vagues de grève et de manifestation des ouvriers des zones industrielles de Rangoun réprimées...L’assemblée nationale a approuvé la loi sur le contrôle de la population...Brang Shawng a été condamné, le 13 février, à une amende de 50 € pour diffamation après avoir porté plainte auprès de la Commission des Droits de l’Homme pour la mort de sa fille de 14 ans...Une Cour du canton de Kyauktada près de Rangoun a condamné 14 activistes dont 11 femmes à 6 mois de prison chacun.....Les focus du mois: La reprise brutale du confit dans la région Kokang...Face à l’inaction du gouvernement, les manifestations étudiantes perdurent...Après un brusque revirement du gouvernement, les citoyens de « seconde zone » se retrouvent sans droit de vote et bientôt sans papiers d’identité.
Language: Français, French
Source/publisher: Info Birmanie
Format/size: pdf (606K-version réduite; 1.58MB-originel)
Alternate URLs: http://www.info-birmanie.org/wp-content/uploads/NDB-f%C3%A9vrier-2015.pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Online publications by Burma solidarity groups > "Les Nouvelles de Birmanie", "Birmanie>Net Hebdo"


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Sunday 15 March, 2015 (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ )
Date of publication: 15 March 2015
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7.8MB)
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Saturday 14 March, 2015 (Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ )
Date of publication: 14 March 2015
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (8.4MB-reduced version; 12MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/14%20_Mar_%2015_.Km_.pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Saturday 14 March, 2015
Date of publication: 14 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Joint Bill Committee suggests exclusion of microenterprises in SME bill: Nay Pyi Taw, 13 March — The Joint Bill Committee at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Friday put forward its findings with respect to the bill of the development of small and medium enterprises on which two Houses held different opinions. The bill should exclude the section of microenterprises as it is mainly for SMEs, the joint bill committee said in its report of findings, suggesting the deletion of its definition of the term ‘worker’ in order not to contradict the existing staff regulations and rules. The union taxation bill of 2015 came under discussion, with union-level officials making clarifications on the bill. The Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, the Ministry of Electric Power, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Mines explained their tax collection systems across the country. The parliament will meet on 16 March."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Drafting bills must comply with existing laws: Amyotha Hluttaw’s bill committee...Ceasefire talks likely to resume in a few days...Govt increases annual spending on better health care: Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham...Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meets visitors...MRTV re-transmission comes into operations in Hinthada...Mon ethnics in Mandalay Region develop language education...Matriculation examination runs smoothly in Mandalay Region..Home for the aged invites donations...Rural area in Tatkon Township illuminated with solar panels...Well-wishers donate cash and kind to nunnery...Rural road improves living standard of residents...Cancer foundation to admit patients at three new building...MCDC allows construction of water-throwing pandals around moat...Authorities return nine students to parents...Matriculation students sit mathematics on third day...25 tentatively selected players of Myanmar start training... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein meets Malaysian prime minister...Academics recommend people-centered ASEAN-India partnership...Myanmar welcomes extension of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway to link up with Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam...Royal Haskoning DGV Co. provides internship awards to MMU students...JAPAN grants US$228,659 for monastic school, rural health branches in Mon and Kayin States...Myanmar, Indonesia focus on bilateral cooperation...Mitsubishi becomes first private sector donor to the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund in Myanmar...Huawei gives scholarships to 50 Myanmar students, donates new ICT curriculum... "PERSPECTIVES": "Rote learning is not for entire life" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "COMPETENT Workers" by Kyaw Win
Language: English
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Sunday 15 March, 2015
Date of publication: 15 March 2015
Description/subject: DOMESTIC NEWS: Pan Hlaing river conservation project will benefit 20,833 households...Govt, MPs seek ways to speed up settling land confiscation issues...Presidential Scholarship Selection Committee meets...CSOs discuss education amendment bill at Amyotha Hluttaw...Dy Minister urges increase in library lending...Rakhine State honours victorious athletes in National Sports Festival...Vets raise awareness of breeders for avian influenza...Central Myanmar farmers turn to CP maize...34 dead as ferry capsizes, search for survivors continues......Military columns rout Kokang insurgents...Students handed over to parents..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham receives Chinese Ambassador...Malaysian U-22 team to play two Myanmar youth teams..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Playing by rules does not always equal good sportsmanship" Aung Khin..... ARTICLES: "Many Hands Make Light Work" by Maung Phyo..."Raffles Institution in Singapore: Alma Mater of State Leaders" by Sayar Mya
Language: English
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Saturday 14 March, 2015
Date of publication: 14 March 2015
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7.6MB-reduced version; 12MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/14.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Sunday 15 March, 2015
Date of publication: 15 March 2015
Language: Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7MB-reduced version; 11MB-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/15.Mar_.15_mal.pdf
Date of entry/update: 15 March 2015
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Title: The Poisons Act
Date of publication: 03 September 1919
Description/subject: Control of poisons and penalties for misuse.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Burma Code" Vol. IV, pp. 108-110
Format/size: pdf (237K)
Date of entry/update: 14 March 2015
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Title: Burma Takes a Big Step Backwards
Date of publication: 12 March 2015
Description/subject: "...It’s highly unlikely that the victims of this week’s violence will ever see the perpetrators — above all the minister of internal affairs — brought to account. As usual, the government will set up investigative commissions run by its own officials, but there will be little in the way of substantive follow-up. Senior spokesmen have repeatedly asserted that what happened in Rangoon and in Letpadan was in accordance with the law. Though the government has now released 17 of the detained students, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that any unlawful activity or “attempts to destabilize the country” will be charged and punished. Failing effective disciplinary action by the executive branch of government, it will be left up to parliament, which was quick to unanimously condemn the United States for sanctioning a notorious regime figure, to demand an accounting. Will its members live up to their responsibilities? Will the country’s unreformed judiciary allow attempts by victims to sue their abusers? The answers to these questions will show whether Burma’s embattled political transition has any life left in it at all."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 March 2015
ML > Activism and Advocacy (groups from Burma, solidarity groups, campaigns, publications) > Student activism in Burma > Student actions in 2015
Dialogue/reform/transition - from military to civilian rule? > Dialogue/reform/transition in Burma/Myanmar - analyses and statements


Title: A New Generation Takes to the Streets in Burma
Date of publication: 09 March 2015
Description/subject: "The fighting peacock rides again. That long-standing symbol of the Burmese student movement, an emblem of resistance to authoritarian rule, once again adorns countless bright red flags held aloft by student activists. Thousands of the students, including high schoolers, are now marching — in some cases for hundreds of miles — from several major provincial cities to Rangoon. They’re protesting against the country’s National Education Law, which was approved by parliament in September 2014 despite objections from student unions and expert networks. The students and their allies view the law as explicitly designed to curb academic freedom..."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 March 2015
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Title: Can Burma’s Civil Society Find Its Voice Again?
Date of publication: 26 November 2014
Description/subject: "he Burmese military is staging a comeback. Since the government launched its tentative liberalization process four years ago, the armed forces, the notorious Tatmadaw, have taken a backseat. Though it has members in key roles in all government institutions, it has refrained from fully exercising its coercive and all-encompassing constitutional prerogatives. But now the generals are signaling that they’re no longer willing to keep a low profile, and instead hope to exercise the full extent of their power in the country’s ethnic regions and in its parliament, in which 25 percent of the seats are reserved for military representatives. The army’s Nov. 19 attack on a training facility of the Kachin ethnic rebel group — which killed 23 cadets — is a clear case in point. (In the photo above, an activist lights candles at a memorial to the attack’s victims on Nov. 24.) At a moment when many Burmese are expressing growing dissatisfaction about the undemocratic nature of the military-imposed constitution, the generals are determined to show that they won’t brook any further challenges to their authority. If things continue as they are, it’s only a matter of time until the Tatmadaw decides to suppress public protests. The question thus becomes whether Burmese civil society is capable of pushing back. Unfortunately, Burmese civil society is in limbo. The country’s diverse constellation of student unions, human rights organizations, and other citizen-led groups were once known for their resilience in the face of oppression and for their creative ability to connect with each other, with their fellows in exile, and with the international community. These groups rallied behind democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and her drive for national reconciliation. Her stunning return to active political life in 2012 with a sweeping electoral victory was possible in part due to the support she received from the grassroots. And earlier this year, Aung San Suu Kyi called on civil society groups to rally behind her during her constitutional reform campaign — which eventually lost steam with its ambiguous endgame, weak credibility, and the changing domestic and international context. Since the Lady’s political return, the groups that once rallied behind her have found themselves marginalized and unable to play a meaningful role in the country’s ongoing political transition, which has assumed a marked top-down nature. Burmese civil society appears to have lost its voice. There are three cases that clearly demonstrate this demobilization. The first was in November 2012, when Aung San Suu Kyi chaired a parliamentary inquiry into police violence against a protesters’ camp outside a mining project in northwestern Burma. She failed to hold any officials accountable for that bloody crackdown. Instead, she allowed the project to continue, triggering intense protests from locals and victims. She has refused to criticize the government’s renewal of the war in the Kachin region in 2011, which has led to massive human rights abuses, including the rape of displaced Kachin women. The Lady’s silence on this matter has alienated her Kachin supporters. Perhaps best known to the international community is Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence about rampant anti-Muslim violence which first took place in the west and has since spread throughout the country..."
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 14 March 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Friday 13 March, 2015
Date of publication: 13 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Union budgets bill come under discussion at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Thursday discussed the Union budgets bill of 2015, with members of parliament expressing their viewpoints on accounting procedures. The Joint Public Accounts Committee suggested that annual budgets should not include foreign loans in accounts of budget deficits rather than revenues. According to the IMF’s debt assessment in September 2014, it needs to tax exemption and decrease of loan disbursement. In line with the Union budget law, salary of government service personnel has risen to 30 percent than the last year. An MP from a constituency in Mandalay Region stressed the need to balance macroeconomy in shaping the economy of the country and adopt a tax system suitable for the country. Another MP from the constituency of Dagon Myothit (North) mentioned a huge budget deficit, citing K8,639,128 million in income and K 12,078,689 million in expenditure. The MP urged the Myanmar Investment Commission to see to the matter, stressing that unsuccessful state-owned industries are thwarting the country’s economic growth."...PYITHU HLUTTAW: Union Supreme Court responds to legal action against unjust verdicts by judges: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Pyithu Hluttaw on Thursday was asked of a query of the way legal action is taken against judges for unjust verdicts and how many of them have been punished, with the Supreme Court of the Union responding that unjust decisions are likely to result from the wrong interpretation of legal stipulations and that judges imposing unlawful decisions are punished regarding the severity of their wrongful verdicts. An MP tabled a motion at the parliament, demanding seismic surveys for hydropower projects planned to implement in the Thanlwin river. The Ministry of Electric Power responded arrangements are underway to study possible impacts the projects might have on the environment and that the public will be informed of safety measures. The parliament approved another motion urging the government to place the marketplace of the country’s products in border trade under the management of citizens."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Myanmar’s airlines urged to merge for giving better flight services: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Ministry of Transport and Department of Civil Aviation have urged Myanmar’s airlines to merge with among them or international airlines so as to give better flight services to the passengers, Deputy Minister for Transport U Zin Yaw replied to a question raised by U Nyunt Tin of Yangon Region Constituency No 2 at Thursday’s session of Amyotha Hluttaw. With regard to the ASEAN Open Sky Policy included in the question of U Nyunt Tin, the deputy minister said that Department of Civil Aviation will clarify the drafting Myanmar Aviation Policy to all stakeholders for seeking advices from them. The ministry allows establishment of joint venture airlines with 49 percent of foreign investment..."..... DOMESTIC NEWS: UNICEF to train social workers on assisting children...Health Ministry to increase spending on H5N1 prevention...Parliamentary teaching centre opened...Matriculation exam runs without hitch in Zabuthiri Tsp...Farmers learn about use of wasps to control insect pests...Dredging of North Meiltila Lake set to increase water supply...Building boom fuels demand for bricks in Myanaung Tsp...Tatkon Township sets plan for Buddhist treatise examinations...Bird flu fear drives demand for fish products...Work under way at Muse Central Economic Zone...Social organisations condemn police crackdown on student protests...Student protestors handed over to parents...Seminar casts light on ethnic literature...Nearly K 5.9 billion worth stimulant tablets seized in Laukkai area...Students sit English test on second day of matriculation examination..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: President U Thein Sein leads Myanmar delegation on Malaysia state visit...UNICEF to train social workers on assisting children...Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham meets former Philippine President, UN officials...Pyithu Hluttaw speaker meets two foreign delegations...Vietnamese Vice President meets Yangon Region government, pays homage to Shwedagon Pagoda...Expo set to showcase Vietnamese exports...JAPAN grants US$316,605 for three rural health centres in Taungup, Thandwe and Gwa townships..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Remove language barrier to help national race children" by Myint Win Thein..... ARTICLE: "Life and Value" by Kyi Mun
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.5MB)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Friday 13 March, 2015
Date of publication: 13 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.1MB)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Friday 13 March, 2015
Date of publication: 13 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (7.7MB)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
RR > News - Daily newspapers produced by the Government of Burma/Myanmar (archive from June 2003) > "The [Global] New Light of Myanmar", "Kyemon" and "Myanmar Alin" > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") archive > "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") 2015


Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 9 March, 2015: Myanmar to sign ASW legal framework
Date of publication: 10 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 March— Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has decided Monday that Myanmar will sign the legal framework establishing the technical architecture of the ASEAN Single Window. Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein said that the Legal Framework Agreement (LFA), once adopted, will set a common legal framework in ASEAN to strengthen the coordination and partnership among ASEAN Customs Administrations and relevant line ministries and agencies, and economic operators (importers, exporters, transport operators, express industries, customs brokers, forwarders, commercial banking entities and financial institutions, insurers, and those relevant to the international supply chain) to effectively and efficiently implement the ASEAN Single Window. As a concrete step towards the establishment and implementation of the ASEAN Single Window, the ASEAN Economic Ministers have signed the Agreement to Establish and Implement the ASEAN Single Window on 9 December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ASW Agreement mandated Member Countries, by means of a protocol, to adopt relevant internationally accepted standards, procedures, documents, technical details and formalities for the effective implementation of the ASEAN Single Window. Later, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig- Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to allow Yuan 246 million loan from Exim Bank of China for procurement of vehicles for Myanmar Police Force to ensure rule of law, drug-trafficking control measures and security of public. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has invited parliamentarians for discussion this issue."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 9 March, 2015: Education Ministry to allot budget for construction of school building in Launglon Tsp
Date of publication: 10 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 March—At the Amyotha Hluttaw session Monday, Dr Aye Maung of Rakhine State Constituency No 1 asked about losses of land owners in construction of a market at corner of Strand Street and Zaygyi market in Kyaybingyi Ward, Sittway. Deputy Minister at the President Office U Kyaw Kyaw Win replied that in the time of the government of the State Law and Order Restoration Council, local authorities built a market in the above-mentioned place but allowed the land owners to purchase one apartment each at Ngwe Nadi housing near the market. Twelve land owners purchased the apartments and three did not buy the apartment. With regard to submissions of 15 land owners, the deputy minister retold a decision adopted by Rakhine State land utilization committee at its meeting on 10 October 2014 that priority will be given to 15 land owners when the committee implements the land reclamation and housing projects. U Tin Maung Myint of Taninthayi Region Constituency No 3 asked whether or not an 120x30 feet RC building will be constructed in the place of an old building at Sakhanthit Basic Education Primary School in Launglon Township. Deputy Minister for Education U Thant Shin explained that the Ministry of Education has earmarked to allot K48.60 million from the capital expenditure in 2015-16 fiscal year for construction of a new RC school building at Sakhanthit Village BEPS. A video clip on hearing the bill amending the National Education Law among officials of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee, Action Committee for Democracy Education Movement, representatives of political parties was presented to all Mps."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (71K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: Amyotha Hluttaw 10 March, 2015: Construction ministry giving compensations for land seizures in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area (incl. edu. law)
Date of publication: 11 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 March — Union Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lwin said the ministry has given some compensations for land confiscations in Lewe and Pyinmana townships for construction of Lewe-Pyinmana Highway. During Amyotha Hluttaw session Tuesday, U Kyaw Lwin replied to the query of U Hmat Gyi from Mandalay Region constituency No.9, saying the ministry has compensate K407.11 million from Union Budget (Additional) to 217 farmers for 319.88 acres from December 28, 2014 to January 13 2015. He added the five remaining farmers will get compensations for a total of 7.8 acre in March after the land prices have been approved by local scrutinizing committee. The union minister also said that compensation will be given to 265 farmers for their 170.34 acres of vacant lands, 169.97 cultivated land and two buildings after the prices have been approved by relevant committees. Deputy Minister for Defence Maj-Gen Kyaw Nyunt said the farmers who are cultivating crops in army-owned lands will get loans from Myawady Bank and Inwa Bank if they agreed to sign they are temporarily working on these lands. The deputy minister also said these farmers will need approvals and recommendations for their property or the agreement of the military base concerned to return loans if the debtors failed to do so. Then, Amyotha Hluttaw members viewed video record that carries discussion about amendment of the bill for National Education Law."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amyotha Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (71K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 9 March, 2015: Four townships in Kayah State, Ayeyawady Region to get inter-town asphalt roads in March
Date of publication: 10 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 March—Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) continued its 23rd day session Monday. With regard to the question raised by U Htay Maung of Saw Constituency on number of townships facilitated with inter-town asphalt roads in the nation, Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint replied that so far, Ministry of Construction has constructed inter-town roads in 248 townships of 330 across the nation. Upgrading of inter-town roads will be completed in Shadaw in Kayah State, Thabaung, Wakema and Mawlamyinegyun townships in Ayeyawady Region in March this year. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than replied to a question sufficiency for quality paddy seeds raised by U Thein Tun of Kyaunggon Constituency that region and state administrative bodies need to invite investors for establishment of paddy seed production, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation will provide assistance to them in controlling quality of seeds, registration and inspection of seed farms under the seeds law. Thura U Aung Ko of Kanpetlet Constituency asked whether there is a plan to arrange flow of foreign direct investment to Myanmar for development of agriculture sector. He also explained that the ministry cooperates with foreign experts with their expertise and technology for development of agrobased industries. Now, the ministry is holding talks with 65 foreign companies for investment in agriculture sector. At present, 21 projects worth US$78 million are being implemented while over US$370 million foreign loans are being spent on four projects."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (70K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: Pyithu Hluttaw 10 March, 2015: Pyithu Hluttaw explains laws on electioneering and campaigning activities
Date of publication: 11 March 2015
Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 March — A representative from the TadaU constituency asked the Pyithu Hluttaw here on Tuesday about public campaigns for what action would be taken against in violation of the law on electioneering, with an official of the Union Election Commission responding that nobody is above the election law and that lawsuits could be filed in police stations as for violation of laws prescribed in Section 13. The Union Election Commission announced the Election Law to take action against violators on 16 January this year, according to the official. An MP from Myebon asked whether incumbent representatives and candidates need to abide by the electioneering law and the election law, to which the same UEC official responded, stating that they all must obey the laws. UEC has announced that the general elections have been scheduled for late October or early November this year, with the official saying that political parties are found soliciting for votes although the commission has not yet officially designated the canvass period. He also spoke of speeches and leaflet distribution must be in line with the existing law and the election law."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
Format/size: pdf (64K)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: Burma/Myanmar laws, decrees and regulations (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw), 2015
Language: English, Burmese/ ျမန္မာဘာသာ
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
Format/size: html, pdf
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: Coastal and maritime transportation law - Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 10/2015 (Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Date of publication: 05 March 2015
Description/subject: Provisional English title.
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via Pyithu Hluttaw Website
Format/size: pdf (96M)
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Law and Constitution > Administration > Laws, decrees, bills and regulations relating to the Economy > Transport > Laws, decrees, bills and regulations relating to transport (texts)


Title: Commercial Agriculture Expansion in Myanmar: Links to Deforestation, Conversion Timber, and Land Conflicts
Date of publication: March 2015
Description/subject: "In Myanmar, as in other countries of the Mekong, it is widely acknowledged that the clearing of forests to make way for the expansion of commercial agricultural fields is increasingly the leading driver of deforestation, alongside legal and illegal logging, and the clearance of forest areas to make way for infrastructure projects such as roads and hydropower dams. While the conversion of forests for agricultural development has been occurring for many decades, it is the unprecedented rate of this conversion that is now so astounding — as well as the fact that the government is encouraging increasing levels of investment for large-scale industrial agricultural expansion when laws and institutions are not yet able to regulate these large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs). National legal frameworks — laws, regulations, and enforcement bodies — will need to be improved so this development occurs in the context of sustainable and legal forest management and local communities are assured that they have secure land use rights and access to these agricultural and forested landscapes for their livelihood needs. Despite national statements purporting to protect Myanmar’s remaining forests, a new set of land and investment laws1 are still facilitating the conversion of forests into private agribusiness concessions. Since Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein took office in March 2011, the new reform-minded government has promoted industrial agricultural development as an attractive sector for both domestic and, increasingly, foreign investment. In the forest sector itself, promising new reforms have been progressing, but so far have focused only on the managed timber estates under the direct control of the Myanmar Forest Department (which have been over-harvested for decades). The remaining natural forests in the country’s resource-rich, ethnic-populated states are still left outside any effective forest management and are thus even more prone to extensive logging and forest conversion. In sum, each year Myanmar has been losing more than 1.15 million acres of forests — some of Southeast Asia’s last remaining (sub-)tropical High Conservation Value Forests (HCVF). Hardwood log exports have been growing by volume, and even more by value, since the new government took office (Figures 1 and 2). Between 2011 and 2013, the volume of timber product exports jumped from about 2.7 to over 3.3 million m3, with values increasing from just over US$ 1 billion to about US$ 1.6 billion. Much of Myanmar’s timber is no longer sourced from historical (over-cut) harvesting areas (government-managed timber estates predominately in the geographic center of the country). Instead, domestic private companies are clear-cutting HCVFs — for agribusiness, mining, and hydropower sites, and special economic zones (SEZs) — and producing Myanmar’s, and some of the world’s, most valuable “conversion timber.” Forest Trends has estimated that conversion timber from these LSLAs now constitutes a significant portion of the Burmese timber being placed on the international market..."
Author/creator: Kevin Woods
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Trends
Format/size: pdf (2.7MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Forest_Trends-2015-03-Conversion_Timber_in_Myanmar-en.pdf
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
ML > Forests and forest peoples > The forests and forest peoples of Burma/Myanmar > Human activity in the forests of Burma/Myanmar > Timber trade
Agriculture > Agricultural land confiscation/grabbing, Agribusiness
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Title: Forest Trends
Description/subject: "Forest Trends is a Washington D.C.-based international non-profit organization that was created in 1998 by leaders from conservation organizations, forest products firms, research groups, multilateral development banks, private investment funds and philanthropic foundations. Our mission is four-fold: to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests. We do this by analyzing strategic market and policy issues, catalyzing connections between forward looking producers, communities and investors, and developing new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people. Our approach integrates the fundamental dimensions of ecology, economy and equity because our goal is to have an impact on a scale that is meaningful globally and for a diverse set of stakeholders.".....Several reports on Myanmar
Language: English
Source/publisher: Forest Trends
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: Min Zin's blog
Description/subject: 50 (as of March 2015) well-written articles on Burma, from January 2012 ...Tags: Argument, Borders, Burma, Business, China, Culture, Default, Dispatch, Energy, Finance, Free, Free, Freedom, Health, History, Inbox, Islam, Justice, Labor, Law, Media, Military, Min-Zin, Politics, Religion, Security, Trade, Trade, Women
Author/creator: Min Zin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Foreign Policy"
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015
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Title: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" Thursday 12 March, 2015
Date of publication: 12 March 2015
Description/subject: HLUTTAW SESSIONS:- PYIDAUNGSU HLUTTAW: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves loan for MPF: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — Loan from EXIM Bank of China for Myanmar Police Force was discussed at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint said that Myanmar Police Force is responsible for the rule of law, community tranquility, prevention of drug trafficking, and public services and it is now taking more comprehensive measures for life security, stability and the rule of law. As a result, it has recruited more police but it faces with 69.25 percent shortage of vehicles and the Yuan 246 million loan will enable the police to buy required vehicles and vessels. The deputy minister also told the session that the vehicles and vessel will be purchased through tender in a transparent manner. The session approved the loan from China’s Exim Bank for Myanmar Police Force. Then, representatives discussed the union revenue bill. At today’s session, two bills sent back with remarks by the president were approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the bill committee reported its finding on bills amending the mercantile customs act and the inland customs act."...PYITHU HLUTTAW: Government to reclaim about 39,000 acres of farmlands in 2015-16 FY: "...U Than Myint of Wundwin Constituency asked about reclamation of mechanized farm plots and disbursement of long-term loans for reclamation of modern farmlands. Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Ohn Than explained that the government has reclaimed 34,376 acres of mechanized farmlands including 711 aces with the assistance of Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage-JIID and Japan International Cooperation Agency-JICA and Korea International Cooperation Agency-KOICA from 2011-12 to 2014-15 fiscal year. In 2015-16 fiscal year, the government will spend its fund on 4,500 acres of farmland, loans from India on 30,400 acres of land and International Fund for Agricultural Development-IFDA on 4,000 acres of land. Moreover, 20,400 acres of farmlands will be reclaimed with the loan from India and 4,000 acres with IFAD in 2016-17 fiscal year. A plan is underway to reclaim 2,000 acres by spending loan from IFAD in 2017-18 fiscal year. Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank has no plan to disburse long-term loans to farmers for paying back it through installment."...AMYOTHA HLUTTAW: Amyotha Hluttaw convene 25th day meeting: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — Representatives of Amyotha Hluttaw discussed issues on road construction, steel factories and infrastructural development. Dr Htay Win, an MP of Ayeyawady region constituency 5, asked for the transfer of railway section between Htugyi and Bantbwegone from the Ministry of Rail Transportation to the Department of Rural Development under the Ministry of Livestock, Fishery and Rural Development. Deputy Minister for Rail Transportation U Myint Thein said as the railway section is no longer used and the handover is a possibility if the MLFRD seeks approval from the MRT. MPs also discussed report of Amyotha Hluttaw’s National Planning and Development Projects Committee on its fact-findings for the third three-year of 2014- 2015 fiscal year..."..... OTHER DOMESTIC NEWS: Myanmar UV index to hit dangerous levels: expert...Monks from Letpadan protest allowed to return to monasteries as release of some students underway...Political parties urged to register not later than 30 April...Refresher course on foreign economic relations opened in Nay Pyi Taw...Thousands of students sit matriculation exam in Tatkon Tsp...Hluttaw fund contributes to development of township...Myawady Township to implement literacy campaign in 2015 summer...Military columns seize teaks in Kachin, Shan States...Residents welcome full-time electricity supply...Wushu training course proves popular with students in Mandalay...Anti-drug campaign involves education, crop eradication...Surprise inspections target fuel, storage stations...Government sought peaceful protest resolution: Union Information Minister...Bill committee hear public suggestions on amendment of National Education Law...Tatmadaw arrests three Kokang insurgents, seizes arms and ammunition, narcotic drugs...Matriculation examinations for 2015 commences...Study for new maritime training centre under way..... EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Myanmar, Vietnam to forge bilateral ties...Delhi Dialogue VII focuses on India-ASEAN business ties...Myanmar banks connect to worldwide card network...Vice President U Nyan Tun receives Vietnamese counterpart...Vietnamese delegation goes sightseeing in Nay Pyi Taw...Appointment of Ambassador agreed on...Union FM meets Saudi Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs..... "PERSPECTIVES": "Mere words not enough to achieve development goals" by Aung Khin..... ARTICLE: "Sky and Underground Trains" by San Shwe Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: The Global New Light of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (2.4MB)
Date of entry/update: 12 March 2015
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Title: FRAMEWORK FOR VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION - Refugees from Myanmar in Thailand
Date of publication: May 2014
Description/subject: May 2014 - (A revision of the October 2012 UNHCR Thailand discussion document)....."A ‘Framework for Voluntary Repatriation’ (VolRep) and - at an appropriate time - a ‘Voluntary Repatriation Operations Plan’ are necessary steps by UNHCR in partnership with concerned stakeholders including the governments of Thailand and Myanmar. This Framework advocates for the adherence to international standards and core protection principles as it concerns the return of refugees, whereas the Operations Plan will support the various operational aspects and inherent procedures of an organized repatriation at a time when UNHCR is able to “promote” refugee returns. That may only come about as a result of a positive assessment of the situation in southeast Myanmar that would be viewed as overall conducive to the refugees’ voluntary return and their sustainable reintegration back home. As a foremost priority, UNHCR will be looking to ensure that all necessary safeguards are in place for people to return voluntarily, in safety and with dignity. It will be important that any voluntary return is organized accordingly so as to ensure the full protection of refugees, asylum-seekers, and others of concern to UNHCR. This Framework for Voluntary Repatriation therefore sets out the protection principles and standards that must be upheld and it highlights the main protection and assistance aspects of an organized repatriation operation for refugees living in the nine Temporary Shelters (refugee camps) in Thailand..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Format/size: pdf (397K)
Date of entry/update: 12 March 2015
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Title: "The Mirror" ("Kyemon") Thursday 12 March, 2015
Date of publication: 12 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (6.3MB reduced version; 8.9MB original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/12.Mar_.15_KM.pdf
Date of entry/update: 12 March 2015
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Title: "Myanmar Alin" Thursday 12 March, 2015
Date of publication: 12 March 2015
Language: Burmese (ျမန္မာဘာသာ)
Source/publisher: News and Periodicals Enterprise, Ministry of Information, Union of Myanmar
Format/size: pdf (5.6MB)
Date of entry/update: 12 March 2015
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Title: Supporting Durable Solutions in South-­East Myanmar - A framework for UNHCR engagement
Date of publication: June 2013
Description/subject: "...This Discussion Paper seeks to articulate a broad framework which should guide UNHCR’s engagement in the South-­‐East in 2013-­‐2015, and in particular, to define the parameters of UNHCR’s role in supporting: i. durable solutions for IDPs; and ii. the sustainable reintegration of returning refugees. It builds upon a separate discussion paper dated 1 October 2012, which sets out a framework for voluntary repatriation for Myanmar refugees from Thailand. The papers should form the basis of a more detailed operational strategy for 2013-­‐2015, and should also serve as the first step towards a consultative multi-­‐stakeholder process, engaging Government, civil society, UN and NGO partners, donors and refugees and IDPs themselves, to elaborate a shared vision and strategy for support to durable solutions in the South-­‐East. The document outlines UNHCR’s general principles and standards as well as context-­‐specific objectives and activities..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Format/size: pdf (172K)
Date of entry/update: 12 March 2015
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